August 22, 2014

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Friday, August 22, 2014        Edition: #5290

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★ Sources connected with Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon say the show biz couple separated back in May, are living apart in separate NYC homes, and have been negotiating a property settlement and custody agreement for months. Word has it he sees the kids but that’s the extent of their contact. In other words, their divorce is ‘a done deal’. What happened? Nick naming 5 celebs he’d slept with on Big Boy’s radio show in March was apparently the beginning (Kim Kardashian?); and then Nick went on Howard Stern’s show and talked about Mariah not giving it up before they got married. She went nuclear, we’re told.
★ Robin Williams’ Napa Valley property is still for sale after his tragic death. He first tried to sell the 640-acre California property he called Villa Sorriso (‘Villa of Smiles’) in 2012 for $35 million, but found no takers. He re-listed it for $29.9 million just months before his passing. The breathtaking villa in the Mayacamas Mountains features a 65-foot infinity pool, an oak-paneled library, home theater, climate-controlled storage for art & wine, and a private tower with a bridge. Williams was found dead in his Tiburon home near San Francisco on August 11th.
– / @DailyNews
★ Former boy-band singer and reality TV star Nick Lachey is heading back to the small-screen for a new series with his brother and former 98 Degrees band-mate, Drew Lachey. The 2015 A&E reality show “Lachey’s Bar” will follow the siblings as they attempt to open and run a pub in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio despite their lack of knowledge about the business. Neither brother is a stranger to reality TV: Drew was crowned “Dancing With the Stars” champ in 2006, while Nick has hosted “The Sing-Off” and most notably starred alongside then-wife Jessica Simpson in “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica” 2003-05.

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Tonight Brandy (“Two Eleven”). Rerun.
• “Chelsea Lately” (E!) – Fergie (Black Eyed Peas). Rerun.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today Robin Thicke (“Paula”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Disclosure f/Sam Smith (“Settle”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) Tonight Air Review (“Low Wishes”); Together Pangea (“Snake Dog”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Ben & Ellen Harper (“Childhood Home”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight David Gray (“Mutineers”). Rerun.
• “Little League Baseball World Series” (ABC) – The 68th annual tournament for young ball players in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Championship Game airs Sunday.
• Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS – Tonight Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea headline this MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert at The Avalon in Los Angeles CA.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Kesha (“Warrior”).
• “MTV Video Music Awards” (MTV) – Sunday live from the Forum in Inglewood CA. Beyoncé leads nominations with 8, followed by Eminem and Iggy Azalea with 7 apiece. Performers include Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jessie J, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Taylor Swift, and Usher. Beyoncé receives the ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’, which honors an artist’s complete body of work.
• Reading & Leeds Festivals (UK) – Tonight-through-Sunday the annual 2-site rock fest features Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paramore, Queens Of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend and lots more.
• “Rising Star” (ABC) – Sunday the winner is chosen on the season finalé.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight The Secret Sisters (“Put Your Needle Down”).
• “True Blood” (HBO) – In the vampire thriller’s 7th season and series finalé Sunday, an episode entitled “Thank You”, ‘Sookie’ (Anna Paquin) weighs in on what the future might hold.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Today Mary Mary (“Go Get It”). Rerun.

• Amy Winehouse –  A life-size brass statue of her, complete with beehive hairdo, is being unveiled next month at the center of the Stables Market in the London district of Camden, close to the house where she died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.
• Ed Sheeran – Last night his first-ever headlining arena tour of North America began in Seattle WA and is scheduled to roll out through September 18th in Toronto ON. After that, Sheeran has a long series of dates in Ireland and the UK.
• Foo Fighters – Dave Grohl is a dad again as he & wife Jordyn Blum quietly welcomed their 3rd daughter earlier this month, whom they’ve named Ophelia. Grohl & Blum have been married 11 years and are already parents to Violet Maye (8) and Harper (5).
• “Guardians Of the Galaxy” – For the 2nd week-in-a-row, the soundtrack compilation entitled “The Awesome Mix Vol 1” is the #1-selling album, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
• Hunter Hayes – Saturday he’s among music acts teaming with tennis stars Novak Djokovic & Rafael Nadal at the 19th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in association with the US Open Tennis Tournament (Monday-September 8) at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing NY.
• Justin Bieber – Fragrance maker Elizabeth Arden is blaming the Biebs, saying low sales of scents endorsed by him and Taylor Swift have hurt the company’s earnings. Sales dropped 28% and shares are down 23%. Seems Bieber’s perfume ‘Someday’ really does stink.
• Queen w/Adam Lambert – Tonight they take their tour to Perth, Australia for Queen’s first visit Down Under since 1985. They’ll also hit Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane before wrapping up in Auckland NZ with a pair of shows September 3rd-4th.
• Taylor Swift – In a new interview with “Fusion”, she says her upcoming album “1989” is not as focused on her past relationships as her previous records. We’ll find out on  October 27th.

• “If I Stay” ( PG-13 Drama ): Chloë Grace Moretz stars as a young woman whose life changes in an instant after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether or not to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. Co-stars Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley. The film’s being compared to “The Fault in Our Stars”.
• “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): This sequel to the 2005 film weaves together 2 of Frank Miller’s graphic novels with new tales. Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. Stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Co-directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez.
• “When the Game Stands Tall” ( PG Sports Drama ): The real-life story of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle Spartans of Concord, California from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak (1992-2004) that shattered all records for high school football. Stars Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern.
• Opening in limited release: “Are You Here” (Comedy); “Love Is Strange” (Drama); “The One I Love” (Romantic Comedy); and “To Be Takei” (Documentary).

Millennials really are ‘Generation Me’ … at least according to one survey. A new Reason-Rupe poll has found that 71% of respondents think the term ‘selfish’ perfectly describes the 18 to 29-year-old crowd. 65% of respondents say the word ‘entitled’ is also an apt description. Despite their self-centered reputation, 55% say that Millennials are ‘responsible’. They are also seen as ‘tolerant’ and ‘hard-working’, particularly by under-30 participants judging their peers. (Ever notice how easily ‘selfish’ becomes ‘selfie’?)
– “New York Daily News”

Kale for your nails? The leafy green superfood is creeping out of salads and juicers and making its way into the beauty aisle where it can now be found in creams and other products thanks to its antioxidant properties. Kale hasn’t displaced other botanicals, which remain a small segment of the multibillion-dollar beauty industry. There’s a wide range of plant life and consumables in beauty products, and now kale is joining them in face masks, skin-brightening serums, creams, and nail polish; pushed along by the march to healthier living and the frenzy to fend off aging. Observers say it’s not unusual that kale is so popular. History has shown that it’s quite common for food trends to trickle into beauty care products. And kale offers the advantages of being organic, vegetarian, and  … cruelty-free. (Unless you’re a mama kale that just lost her babies!)
– Associated Press

The effects of smoking during one’s pregnancy can span generations, according to new research published in the “American Journal of Human Biology”. The study, carried out in the UK, has found that smoking during pregnancy has various effects on the growth of a woman’s future grandchildren. Children whose maternal grandmothers and mothers smoked during pregnancy are found to have more frequent health problems, while paternal grandmothers who smoked but whose daughters did not had healthier grand-kids. The researchers suggest these transgenerational effects from a grandmother smoking during pregnancy need to be taken into account in future smoking studies. (And who wants a grandma that smells like an ashtray?)

The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia has found that people with fewer romantic partners leading up to their wedding day are happier, as are people who have 150 or more guests at their big day. In most areas of life more experience is better, but having more experience before getting married seems to be associated with lower marital quality. So it seems a big wedding celebration preceded by few romantic relationships for both the bride and the groom could be a positive sign that they will be happy together years down the road. The researchers can only speculate why this may be true. They note that marriage involves leaving behind other options, which may become more difficult with experience. (Like Hot Shelley back in school …)

All the mountains on Saturn’s moon Titan are named after peaks in “The Lord Of the Rings”.
– “QI”


1945 [69] Steve Kroft, Kokomo IN, CBS News correspondent (“60 Minutes” since 1989)

1967 [47] Ty Burrell, Grants Pass OR, TV actor (‘Phil Dunphy’ on “Modern Family” since 2009)

1972 [42] Paul Doucette, North Huntington PA, pop-rock guitarist (Matchbox Twenty-“Unwell”)

1973 [41] Howie Dorough, Orlando FL, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-“I Want It That Way”)

1973 [41] Kristen Wiig, Canandaigua NY, movie actress (“Bridesmaids”)/TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 2005-12)

1974 [40] Bo Koster, Louisville KY, rock keyboardist (My Morning Jacket-“Friends Again”)

1975 [39] Dean Back, Delta BC, rock bassist-vocalist (Theory Of a Deadman-“Lowlife”)

1978 [36] Jeff (Jean Francois) Stinco, Montréal QC, rock guitarist (Simple Plan-“Crazy”)

Rocker Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) is 53; TV actor Scott Caan (“Hawaii Five-O”) is 38; NBA star Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) is 36; Rock singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 36; TV actress Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) is 34; Dance musician Sky Blu (LMFAO) is 28.

Movie actor Kenny Baker (“Star Wars”) is 80; WWE promoter Vince McMahon is 69; Rock singer John Bush (Anthrax) is 51; Comedian Dave Chappelle (“Blue Streak”) is 41; TV actor Alex O’Loughlin (“Hawaii Five-O”) is 38; Movie actor Rupert Grint (‘Harry Potter’ films) is 26.

• “Great American Duck Race”, the 35th annual staging of the ‘World’s Richest Duck Race’ through Sunday in Deming NM. These are real live quackers competing for prize money.
• “Hug Your Boss Day”, because you weren’t already feeling tense enough around him/her.
• “Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day”, a time for everyone Down Under to go outdoors at noon at yell ‘Hoodie-Hoo!’ to chase away Winter and make ready for Spring.
• “Take Your Cat To the Vet Day”, a reminder to schedule an annual checkup. Stats show cats go the vet half as often as dogs. Many cat owners only visit the vet when their cat is ill.

• “Day For the Remembrance Of the Slave Trade & Its Abolition”, designated by UNESCO in 1998 as an annual observance to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.
• “Sponge Cake Day”, celebrating the fat-free dessert that’s variously known as ‘Angel Cake’.
• “Virgo” astrology sign begins (August 23-September 22). Traditional traits of people born under this sign: Modest and shy, meticulous and reliable, practical and diligent, intelligent and analytical. On the dark side, they can also be fussy and a worrier, overcritical and harsh.

• “Go Topless Day”, an annual event on the Sunday closest to “Women’s Equality Day” (August 26th) when we’re all invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public.
• “Independence Day” in Ukraine (“Den’ Nezalezhnosti”), celebrating the country’s 1991 declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. (For a while.)
• “Peach Pie Day”, honoring the seasonal dessert made from flour, sugar, butter, and freshly-picked juicy peaches.
• “Waffle Day”, celebrating the anniversary of the invention of the ‘Waffle Iron’ by Cornelius Swartwout of Troy NY on this day in 1869. Other inventions attributed to today’s date include ‘Potato Chips’ (Chef George Crum, Saratoga Springs NY in 1853) and the ‘Motion Picture Camera’ (Thomas Edison in Menlo Park NJ, 1891). No wonder August is “Inventors’ Month”.
• “Weather Cliché Day”, marking the date in 1897 when editor Charles Dudley Warner of the “Hartford Courant” published the quip, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Which weather cliché drives you crazy? Mild, isn’t it?

2006 [08] Paramount Pictures severs all ties with actor Tom Cruise after 14 years, citing ‘bizarre antics’ (sofa-jumping) and ‘erratic behavior’ off-screen (BS translation: Scientology).

2004 [10] Al Dvorin, the announcer who coined the phrase “Elvis has left the building” while working The King’s 1970s concerts, dies in a car crash en route home from an Elvis convention

1989 [25] British Telecom unveils world’s 1st ‘Pocket Phone’ (that handy little drain for disposing of excess income)

2007 [07] The Storm Worm botnet sends out a record 57 million emails in a single day

2007 [07] Texas Rangers rout Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the ‘Most Runs Scored’ in modern Major League Baseball history

[Mon] “Emmy Awards” (NBC)
[Mon] Kiss & Make Up Day
[Mon] Secondhand Wardrobe Day
[Tues] Women’s Equality Day
[Wed] La Tomatina (Buñol, Spain)
This Week Is … Be Kind to Humankind Week
This Month Is … Panini Month


If you’ve ever invited families over that have children the same age as yours, you’ve probably noticed by the end of the evening (circa 8 pm) that ….
• At least one kid is passed-out on the sofa in the basement.
• There’s a half-eaten piece of pizza on your bookshelf.
• Two kids have to be carried out; both with bare feet.
• The shower is on.
• The coin jar has been pillaged.
• There are at least 3 mysterious puddles on the floor.
• Dozens of half-empty juice boxes are strewn about, one of them stuffed in the subwoofer.
• One kid is wearing only a parrot hat and a pair of dress shoes.
• At least one of your toilets is broken.
• Two kids are wet and won’t say why.
– “This is Ridiculous. This is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists” by Jason Good

☎ Do you still read a newspaper? Like a real, inky newspaper … on paper. Why?

When I was young we used to go skinny dipping. Nowadays I just chunky dunk.

Question: There are now over 35,000 of THESE worldwide and they’re sucking up an awful lot of water.
Answer: Golf courses.

Young men may exaggerate, but old men pretend.

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