August 1, 2014

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Friday, August 1, 2014        Edition: #5275

If the Sheet Fits, Buy It!

★ “Breaking Bad” actress Emily Rios, who played ‘Jesse Pinkman’s love interest ‘Andrea Cantillo’, has become the latest celebrity to come out as a lesbian. The Mexican-American star opens up about her sexuality in a new interview with, revealing she used her own experiences to help writers on her new show “The Bridge” (FX) accurately portray the love life of her character, reporter ‘Adrianna Mendez’, who also happens to be gay.
★ TV’s top comedy, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), has now postponed production of its 8th season due to contract disputes. Production on the series was due to begin Wednesday but had to be delayed as stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco continue to negotiate a new deal. It’s no surprise the cast wants a bigger piece of the pie. As of last Fall, the series commanded over $325,000 per 30-second ad, the most of any programming outside of NFL games. It’s scheduled to return September 22nd. That now seems unlikely.
★ And Michael Jackson’s iconic Neverland Ranch is being sold. Colony Capital, the investor that owns a primary stake in the property, has reportedly decided to off-load it. Colony bought out Jackson’s $23-million mortgage just as the property was about to go into foreclosure. Jackson’s daughter Paris had hoped to keep Neverland in the family and have it serve as a safe haven for sick children. The 2,500-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley area of California’s Santa Barbara County has an assessed value of $27 million, but real estate experts think the price tag for Neverland could zoom closer to $60 million.

• Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose AB) – Headlining this 22nd annual country festival tonight: Hunter Hayes; on Saturday: Zac Brown Band; and on Sunday: Miranda Lambert.
• Boots & Hearts Festival (Bowmanville ON) – This 3-day country music fest at Motorsport Park is headlined by Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton.
• FOX & Friends (FOX News Channel) – The 6th annual All-American Summer Concert Series continues this morning with a performance by Trace Adkins (“Love Will …”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning Enrique Iglesias (“Sex And Love”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight OK Go (“Hungry Ghosts”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Together Pangea (“Badillac”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight American Authors (“Oh What a Life”). Rerun.
• Lollapalooza (Chicago IL) – The annual 3-day rock fest in Grant Park through Sunday includes Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Foster the People, Kings Of Leon, Lorde, Outkast and more.
• Osheaga Music & Arts Festival (Montréal QC) – Headliners tonight: Outkast, Foster the People; on Saturday: Jack White, Modest Mouse; and on Sunday: Arctic Monkeys, Lorde.
• “Rising Star” (ABC) – Sunday the top 13 singers compete; 8 move on to the next level.
• “Today” (NBC) – This morning Aloe Blacc (“Life Your Spirit”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Aloe Blacc again.
• Watershed Music Festival (Quincy WA) – The 3rd annual 3-day country music fest at the Gorge Amphitheatre is headlined by Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw.

• David Gray – Tonight in Boston MA he embarks on a North American Summer tour in conjunction with the release of his 10th studio album, “Mutineers”. The 23-city trek runs until September 3rd in Los Angeles.
• Drake – His 5th annual OVO Fest takes place Sunday and Monday at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, with Outkast headlining on the 1st night and Drake himself on the 2nd. As usual, both dates will feature a number of surprise guests.
• Miley Cyrus – Tonight in  Uniondale NY she kicks off the rescheduled “Bangerz” tour dates she postponed earlier after suffering from an extreme allergic reaction to antibiotics. The new 2-week leg runs through August 14th in Chicago IL. Lily Allen in also on the bill for 7 of the dates.
• One Direction – Tonight the 21-city North American leg of their worldwide “Where We Are 2014” stadium tour gets underway tonight and tomorrow at Rogers Centre in Toronto ON. They’ll tour through October 5th in Miami FL.
• Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Tonight in San Diego CA they commence a 30-date North American tour in support of their first new studio album in 4 years, “Hypnotic Eye”. Steve Winwood is their special guest throughout.

• “Get on Up” ( PG-13 Musical Biography ): A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history and ‘the hardest working man in show business’. Stars Chadwick Boseman (“42”, “Draft Day”) in the title role, as well as Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, and Viola Davis.
• “Guardians Of the Galaxy” ( PG-13 Sci-fi Action Adventure ): In this standalone Marvel movie, an American pilot named ‘Peter Quill’ (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt in the far reaches of space after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous ‘Ronan’ (Lee Pace). Co-stars Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Zoe Saldana. Directed by James Gunn.
• Opening in limited release: “Calvary” (Drama).

Diet expert and hypnotherapist John Richardson has written a new book called “Talk Yourself Slim”. He contends that to beat the bulge you have to address behavior first. Treating being overweight with restrictive diets, he claims, is like treating a broken leg with a painkiller. Dubbed the ‘self-talk diet’, Richardson’s hit list includes eating by the clock, assuming that all 3 main meals have to be eaten, and seeing sugar and fat laden foods only as a treat. And here’s where the ‘self-talk’ comes in: You need to become aware of your bad behaviors and tell yourself off when you give in to them. According to Richardson, it’s not food that makes us overweight but the way in which food is eaten. (If you’re using a pitchfork, you’re gonna need a lot of self-talk.)
– @MailOnline

Never lose your pals at a festival again! The new ‘Friend Finder’ uses radio waves to help concert-goers navigate their way. The orange tags are designed to be worn by festival-goers and use radio waves to keep friends in touch instead of relying on mobile phone reception, which can be iffy if not non-existent at large outdoor events. The tracking unit can connect up to 5 people at a range of 1,640 ft (500 m) and uses a beeper and an LED display to point the user in the direction of their peeps. Unfortunately, it’s currently only a prototype and no price or release date has yet been announced. It is, however, being tested out at several events this Summer. (Ever been lost at a festival? What happened?)

You may have yet to encounter these unusual super-foods, but nutritionists say they’re beautifying, energy-giving, health-boosting, age-defying – and they taste delicious …
✓ Black Rice – Similar to brown rice, but tastes nuttier and is richer in protein.
✓ Cacao Nibs – Used to make chocolate, they are super-high in magnesium, fiber, iron, and antioxidants.
✓ Cavolo Nero – Nutritionists are going mad for this cousin of kale due to its powerful anti-aging benefits.
✓ Chia – These wonder seeds aren’t just for growing ‘pets’; they’re rich in protein and promote optimal digestion.
✓ Hemp – A handful of these nutty super-seeds makes a good blood-sugar-balancing snack or addition to a salad.
✓ Kohlrabi – A member of the cabbage family that’s rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
✓ Kukicha – A Japanese green tea made from the roasted stalks and stems of the tea plant, it helps with digestion and is super-rich in calcium and vitamin C.
✓ Lingonberries – These Scandinavian berries have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
✓ Seaweed – Contains plenty of thyroid-supporting iodine, and is protein- and calcium-rich.
– Sourced from “The Beauty Detox Foods” by Kimberly Snyder

It’s the hairstyle that was once reserved for punks and male models but with a little help from the glossiest and most fashion-forward A-listers, the ‘urban undercut’ is fast becoming the hairstyle du jour. Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, and Miley Cyrus are all currently rockin’ the look. There are several takes on the new style but the idea is to have extremely short hair on one side of the head, whether you shave it or create the illusion with corn-rows. To decide between the ‘undercut’ and the ‘faux undercut’, experts say you need to consider your lifestyle and if it’s something you’d need to hide at work. See it here …

August was originally the 6th month of the Roman year which was called Sextilis. In the year 8 BC, Emperor Augustus Caesar persuaded the Roman Senate to change the month’s name to ‘Augustus’ in his honor. (If it weren’t for him, today would be the 1st of Sextilis!)


Alt-rock singer-songwriter Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 50; Filmmaker Sam Mendes (“Skyfall”) is 49.

Movie/TV actress Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”) is 50; Filmmaker Kevin Smith (“Clerks”) is 44; Movie actor Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) is 38.

Pop/jazz singer Tony Bennett (w/Lady Gaga-“Cheek to Cheek) is 88; Movie/TV actor Martin Sheen (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) is 74; Rock singer-guitarist James Hetfield (Metallica) is 51; Comedian/TV actor Brent Butt (“Corner Gas”) is 48; Country violinist Jimmy De Martini (Zac Brown Band) is 38; NFL QB Tom Brady (New England Patriots) is 37; Movie/TV actress Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit”) is 35; Pop-rock bassist Brent Kutzle (OneRepublic) is 29.

• “Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival”, the 49th annual in Dauphin, Manitoba through Sunday, as thousands gather for traditional singing, dancing, egg-decorating, and perogies.
• “Girlfriends Day”, either some girl’s greedy grab at gifts from her guy, or perhaps a day for ‘the girls’ to hang out and share woman-to-woman time?
• “International Beer Day”, an annual worldwide celebration of brewskies on the 1st Friday of August. So, the best beer in the world is …?
• “Maine Lobster Festival”, the 66th annual through Sunday in Rockland, Maine. Mmm, pass the butter!
• “Twins Days Festival”, the world’s largest annual gathering of twins through Sunday in Twinsburg, Ohio. They’ll be seeing double in this town all weekend!
• “World Championship Bunnock Tournament” in Macklin, Saskatchewan throughout the weekend. The game involves throwing horse ankle bones at a target, similar to horseshoes.

• “Chocolate Fest”, the 27th annual in the resort town of St Stephen, New Brunswick through August 9th. St Stephen is allegedly where the ‘chocolate bar’ was invented.
• “Ice Cream Sandwich Day”, celebrating the chilly goodness of stuffing ice cream between a couple of wafers. Stone cold brilliant!
• “International Hangover Day”, the day after “International Beer Day”. What’s your best cure?
• “Mustard Day”, honoring the ‘condiment of kings’ and sponsored by Middleton, Wisconsin’s Mustard Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of mustard memorabilia.
• “Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction”, the 51st annual in Canton, Ohio. This year’s inductees are Aeneas Williams, Andre Reed, Claude Humphrey, Derrick Brooks, Michael Strahan, Ray Guy, and Walter Jones. The 2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game follows on Sunday.

• “International Tree Climbing Day”. No equipment needed, just hands, feet … and guts!
• “Sisters Day”, observed annually on the 1st Sunday in August to celebrate being or having a sister.
• “Watermelon Day”, celebrating the Summer treat that’s part of the pumpkin-squash-gourd family. They originated in Africa, then spread to India, China, and eventually around-the-world.

1962 [52] The superhero ‘Spider-Man’ debuts in issue #15 of “Amazing Fantasy” comics

1994 [20] Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley finally confirm their marriage in the Dominican Republic 11 weeks earlier

2012 [02] Badminton teams from China, Indonesia, and South Korea are kicked out of the women’s doubles competition at the London Olympics for trying to … lose on purpose

1994 [20] Publishing house Alfred A Knopf agrees to pay Pope John Paul II a record-breaking $8.75-million advance for his new book of essays, “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”

1998 [16] Scott Gehrke & Lorrie Kilgore wed above Perris, California in a 55-second ceremony as they and a presiding minister parachute from 13,000 feet (they truly fell for each other)

[Mon] Civic Holiday (Canada)
[Mon] Sturgis Rally begins (Black Hills SD)
[Mon] Psychic Day
[Mon] Chocolate Chip Day
[Mon] Assistance Dog Day
[Tues] Underwear Day
This Week Is … World Breastfeeding Week
This Month Is … Water Quality Month


• Unfavorably compares the cooking of her chef to the cooking of his mother’s chef.
• Repulsive giant orange teeth after scarfing down an entire bag of Cheetos.
• Threatens beheading if he ever finds nylons hanging in the bathroom.
• Giggles like a schoolgirl around Buckingham Palace guards.
• Always calls Pizza Hut before both decide on toppings.
• Never puts the cap back on the Mango Love Butter.
• Laughs like a hyena at old reruns of “Friends”.
• Wears ‘Home of Big Ben’ boxer shorts.
• That phony British accent.

It’s against the law in England and Wales to swallow and regurgitate what?
a. Goldfish. [CORRECT, even if they survive.]
b. Chewing tobacco.
c. Octopus.

I used to date a girl with a lazy eye, but she was seeing someone on the side.

☎ What event of the last decade would you be most excited to watch a movie about in 2030?

Question: 250,000 men are injured each year by THIS.
Answer: Their wives.

If a thing is worth doing, it would have been done already.

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