Tuesday, September 2, 2014        Edition: #5296

Here’s Sheet in Your Eye!

★ FOX-TV has given the greenlight to a comedy series roughly based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. “DeTour” tells the tale of a 30-something rock star who walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming famous. Sounds reminiscent of how Cuomo took a real-life hiatus from Weezer 8 years ago to return to Harvard University and live in a dorm. While the show won’t air until at least 2015, Weezer’s next studio album “Everything Will Be Alright in the End” is due on October 7th.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ The spectacular oceanfront Southampton NY estate used as Diane Keaton & Jack Nicholson’s love nest in the film “Something’s Gotta Give” has sold for a whopping $41 million. The home featured heavily in the 2003 film as the backdrop for an unlikely love affair. The 11-bedroom mansion has been snapped up by hotel mogul Jimmy Tisch, CEO of Loews Corp, in an off-market deal. That’s right, the property was never even listed. Its previous owner, Alan Meckler, CEO of Mediabistro.com, made a killing, having bought the land for just $5.5 million in 1999 and then building the 8,000-sq-ft house in 2000.
– “New York Daily News”
★ And this may be a case of “I do, too!”. Newlywed Angelina Jolie’s reported former lady lover Jenny Shimizu is also getting a fairytale wedding … but with a woman. Shimizu and Jolie are said to have dated off-and-on from 1994-to-2000. Now, the model and former “Foxfire” actress is engaged to brand consultant Michelle Harper. In June they appeared side-by-side in a “Vogue” bridal spread, with Shimizu wearing a not-so-classic white tux and Harper rocking a white-and-black polka dot ball gown. The two met in 2012 at a party given by model Karen Elson.
– RadarOnline.com

• AIM Awards (London UK) – Tonight electronic pop trio London Grammar leads nominations for the UK’s Association of Independent Music Awards with 4 nods. They’re followed by Arctic Monkeys, Bonobo, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and Future Islands with 2 nominations each.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 12 of the top 24 acts perform.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Britney Spears (“Britney Jean”); John Legend (“Love In the Future”). Rerun.
• iTunes Festival (London UK) – This 8th annual concert series features over 60 acts throughout September (one-per-night through September 27th) at the legendary Roundhouse venue, including Beck, Blondie, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, The Script and more. iTunes performances can be watched live or on-demand via Apple devices.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Wiz Khalifa (“Blacc Hollywood”, his 1st #1 album).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Crystal Method (“The Crystal Method”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Lee Brice (“I Don’t Dance”, out September 9th).
• “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” (ABC) – Documentary on the mega-hit 2013 computer-animated musical fantasy film.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Counting Crows (“Somewhere Under Wonderland”, out today).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Maroon 5 (“V”, released today).

• Beyoncé – Her father Mathew Knowles says recent talk of her divorcing Jay Z is nothing more than a ‘Jedi mind trick’ designed to hype interest in their joint tour. Running until September 13th, the 21-gig “On the Run” tour will earn an estimated $100 million.
• Chase Rice – He’s debuted at #1 on the ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart for this week with “Ignite the Night”.
• Johnny Winter – Today the legendary blues guitarist’s final album ‘Step Back” is released, featuring appearances by Eric Clapton, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry among others. Winter passed away at age 70 on July 16th in a Zurich hotel room.
• Kate Bush – She credits her 16-year-old son Bertie as the creative inspiration for her comeback shows and says she would never have performed again without his encouragement. She’s currently amidst a run of 22 “Before the Dawn” shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
• The Killers – Frontman Brandon Flowers is hitting the recording studio to work on his 2nd solo effort, slated for a 2015 release.
• Little Big Town – Alongside Darius Rucker, they’ll announce final nominees in 5 categories for the 48th CMA Awards tomorrow morning live from ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” studios in NYC. The awards will be handed out this Sunday.
• Maroon 5 – Their 5th album, “V”, is out today. Recorded in LA over the past year, it features a collaboration with Gwen Stefani, who is joining “The Voice” (NBC) as a coach alongside Adam Levine this Fall. Due to that show’s taping schedule, Maroon 5 don’t plan to tour until 2015.
• REM – Today 2 live sessions are released on vinyl, “MTV Unplugged 1991” and “MTV Unplugged 2001”. Each release features the entire performance, including additional songs not aired on the original broadcast.
• Taylor Swift – Her #1 single “Shake It Off” has had the biggest sales week of 2014 and the 4th-largest debut week ever, according to “Billboard”.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Draft Day” ( PG-13 Sports Drama ): At the annual NFL Draft, general manager ‘Sonny Weaver’ has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the #1 pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams. Stars Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella.
• “Moms’ Night Out” ( PG Comedy ): A group of married girlfriends looking to enjoy an evening of high-heels, adult conversation, and restaurant food not served in a bag ask their husbands to help make that happen by watching the kids for a few hours. What could possibly go wrong? Stars Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins.
• “Night Moves” ( R-Rated Drama ): Kelly Reichardt’s suspense-thriller follows a trio of environmentalists whose homegrown plot to blow up a controversial dam unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia, and unintended consequences. Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard.
• “They Came Together” ( R-Rated Romantic Comedy ): In this parody of the romantic comedy genre, Paul Rudd stars as ‘Joel’, a corporate businessman whose company is threatening to shut down the small store run by Amy Poehler’s ‘Molly’. A relationship follows, mocking the conventions of the standard rom-com. Co-stars Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders.
• Also released today: “Bonanza: The Official 7th Season” (Classic TV); “Chicago Fire: Season 2” (TV); “Chicago PD: Season 1” (TV); “Citizen Koch” (Documentary); “Crossbones: Season 1” (TV); “Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete 10th Season” (TV); “Hammer Horror Series 8-Film Collection” (Vintage Horror Compilation); “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 9” (TV); “The League: The Complete Season 5” (TV); “Leave the World Behind” (Music Documentary); “New Girl: Season 3” (TV); “Person of Interest: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV); “Under the Electric Sky” (Documentary); “Universal Classic Monsters: The Complete 30-Film Collection” (Horror Compilation); “The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection” (Horror Compilation); and “Woody Woodpecker & Friends: Halloween Favorites” (Animation).

Asked in a new poll which decade of the 20th century they’d most like to go back to, the one most people pick is the 1950s. The decade of economic boom following WW2 is regarded as a time of consumerism, conservatism, and cold-war caution. It was an age of stay-at-home wives, novel household appliances, and new suburbs. Perhaps surprisingly, it is also most popular among women surveyed. The haze of Woodstock and Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s rolled up in 2nd place. In general, poll participants seem to yearn for their youth. Over 50% of those over 65-plus want to revisit the 1950s or 1960s, while those 45-to-64 pine for the 1980s. The youngest adults surveyed were torn between the Jazz Age of the 1920s and the 1990s, their own salad days. (Everything looks so much better in hindsight, no?)
– Economist.com

Ditch the laptop and pick up a pen, class! Researchers say it’s better for note-taking. Using technology in the classroom can produce fabulous results, but for note-taking it may pay to keep it old-school and stick with a pen & paper. Students who take longhand notes appear to process information more deeply than those who take notes on a laptop, according to a joint Princeton-UCLA study. Students using hi-tech methods generally produce more raw notes, but these students tend to do worse than longhand note-takers when answering conceptual questions about the material. Why? Students using laptops tend to write what they hear verbatim rather than processing the info. This results in ‘shallower’ learning. (Hope you were taking notes on all of this … by hand. There’ll be a quiz tomorrow morning.)
– “Washington Post”

Would you dare to rent your vehicle to a complete stranger? A peer-to-peer car club in the UK hopes enough people will agree to do so in order to make the venture a success. EasyCar Club is described as a nationwide peer-to-peer vehicle rental agency. It allows users to either rent out their car or van up to 7 days per month, or to make contact with vehicle owners in order to arrange a local rental. Owners set the rental price, decide when the car is available, and accept or reject requests to hire. The company supplies comprehensive insurance coverage, and free roadside assistance if needed. It’s developers say it’s like AirBnB for cars, cheaper than Zipcar, and more convenient than Hertz. (“Good news, sir! We found your loaner. It’s in Botswana …”)
NET: https://carclub.easycar.com
– PopBitch.com / “The Guardian”

One strand of the ‘World’s Longest Dreadlocks’ measures 55 ft, 7 ins (17 m). 50-year-old Atlanta GA resident Asha Mandela, who has earned the name ‘The Black Rapunzel’, first started growing her locks 25 years ago. She washes her dreads once a week, using up to 6 bottles of shampoo at a time. The dreads weigh 25 lbs (11 kg) when wet and take 2 days to completely dry. She says the extra weight of her hair makes her doctors very concerned.
– “International Business Times”

• At the current birth rate, there will be no South Koreans by 2750.
– “Quartz”
• British PM David Cameron is a 13th cousin of Kim Kardashian.
– “Daily Mail”


1948 [66] Terry Bradshaw, Shreveport LA, sports analyst (“FOX NFL Sunday” since 1994)/Hall of Fame NFL QB (4 Super Bowls-Pittsburgh Steelers 1970-83)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989)

1951 [63] Mark Harmon, Burbank CA, TV actor (‘Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ on “NCIS” since 2003)/movie actor (“Freaky Friday”)

1959 [55] Guy Laliberté, Québec City QC, founder & CEO of Cirque du Soleil (“Love”, “Viva Elvis”)/space tourist to International Space Station (2009)/estimated net worth $2.6 billion

1964 [50] Keanu Reeves, Beirut, Lebanon [raised Toronto ON], movie actor (“The Lake House”, “The Matrix” trilogy)

1966 [48] Salma Hayek, Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, movie actress (“Grown Ups”, “Frida”)

1987 [27] Spencer Smith, Summerlin NV, rock drummer (Panic At the Disco-“Nine In the Afternoon”, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”)

1989 [25] Zedd (Anton Zaslavski), Saratov, Russia, EDM DJ-producer (“Clarity” f/Foxes, “Break Free”)

• “Blueberry Popsicle Day”, a celebration of the flavor that leaves your lips and tongue looking like some kind of purple-fleshed alien.

• “National Beheading Day”. Not sure what you’re supposed to do to celebrate … just don’t lose your head over it!

• “Pierce Your Ears Day”. At what age is it acceptable for a little twerp to have hers (his) done?

2003 [11] TV finalé of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

1995 [19] Grand opening of Cleveland’s “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” is celebrated with a 7-hour concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Martha & the Vandellas, John Mellencamp, and oodles more

1995 [19] Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” becomes the 1st-ever single to debut at #1 on “Billboard” magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ (12th and final solo #1 during his lifetime)

1969 [45] 1st Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) makes its debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre NY

2013 [01] At age 64, American Diana Nyad completes a record swim from Cuba to Florida, becoming the 1st to finish the 110-mile marathon without use of a shark cage for protection

1964 [50] Norman Manley scores 2 holes-in-one consecutively at Del Valley CA, the first recorded ‘Double Albatross’ (or ‘Double Ace’) in golf

2013 [01] The new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in California opens to traffic, currently the world’s widest bridge

[Wed] Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 4
[Wed] Garth Brooks World Tour begins (Chicago IL)
[Wed] Bestival begins (Isle of Wight)
[Wed] Wildlife Day
[Wed] Newspaper Carrier Day
[Thurs] NFL Season Kickoff (Seattle WA)
[Thurs] Toronto International Film Festival opens (Toronto ON)
This Week Is … International Enthusiasm Week
This Month Is … Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month


✗ Students who demand your attention before sufficient caffeine has been consumed.
✗ Hearing about ‘exciting new changes’ to the curriculum.
✗ Parents who think their children can do no wrong.
✗ When someone has the nerve to suggest that teaching is an easy job.
✗ Bidding farewell to your evenings and weekends to do lesson prep.
✗ Students running into you in the worst possible places, not to mention on Facebook or Instagram.
✗ Having a front row seat to the demise of the English language.
✗ When all of your students are giggling and you have no idea why.
✗ Mandatory faculty meetings at the end of a long day.
✗ That Friday afternoon feeling.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com

☎ What’s the strangest thing someone sleeping has said to you?

Some people just don’t know how to drive. I call these people: ‘Everybody But Me’.

Question: On average, women do THIS 150 times a year; but men do it just 12 times a year.
Answer: Check their horoscope.

A teacher is a person who used to think she liked children.

Max Banaga Jr @ 106.3 Hot FM [DWHR] Dagupan City, The Philippines; Dave Anthony @ RockAllNight.com, San Marcos CA; Tumiga @ Radio Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia; and Nadine Zeine @ Spin Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

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