BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Veteran R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire and animated character ‘Cleveland Brown’ from “The Cleveland Show” (FOX) have teamed up to create the seasonal song “Get Your Hump On This Christmas”, both song & video available on iTunes beginning today (another Christmas standard, no doubt) . . . George Clooney’s new comedy film “Up In the Air” may be a sleeper hit; it’s taken in more than a million in box office despite playing in just 15 theaters (gradually opens wide over the next few weeks) . . . Keith Arem, the ‘talent director’ of videogame “Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”, has just landed his first live-action feature film, “Frost Road”, about the survivors and victims of an invisible contagion in a small town (a new way to short-cut the journey from videogame to movie) . . . NYC’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex, which opened in December 2008, is closing for good on January 3rd and the exhibits will be packed up to tour the globe (the main R&R Hall in Cleveland is unaffected) . . . And officials with the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation are asking jobless famous person Rosie O’Donnell to retract her ‘irresponsible’ recent remark that exposure to the Sun isn’t dangerous, further claiming she ‘lives to tan’ (next time she guests on “Nip/Tuck” she’ll need a ‘skinotomy’).
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Passion Pit (“Manners”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Blakroc (“Blakroc”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Dierks Bentley (“Feel That Fire”).
• “Passion For Fashion Auction” (London) – A collection of legendary actress Audrey Hepburn’s most glamorous dresses goes on sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions. “The Breakfast At Tiffany’s” icon passed some 36 designer items dating from 1953 until the late 1960s to a pal, who’s now decided to sell out. 50% of proceeds go to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – The remaining 8 contestants perform.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Boys Like Girls (“Love Drunk”).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• The Beatles – Today the digitally remastered “Beatles In Stereo” is released in a limited edition 16-GB USB flashdrive that’s shaped like the Apple Corps logo. It’s limited to 30,000 copies at circa $250 apiece.
• Chris Brown – His new “Graffiti” album is finally released today after a delay due to personal problems you might have heard about. It’s his 3rd studio album.
• Creed – Today they release the “Creed Live” DVD, filmed in Houston TX during their 2009 reunion tour. The event set a world record for ‘most cameras utilized in a live concert recording’.
• Elvis Presley – Just in time for his 75th birth anniversary in January the 100-song, 4-disc box set “Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight” is out today. It includes recordings from 1953 to 2002, when the remix of “A Little Less Conversation” topped charts. It’s priced just under $50.
• George Michael – Today he releases the DVD “Live in London”, filmed at his 2008 “Final 2” concerts.
• Michael Jackson – The new DVD “Life & Times Of the King Of Pop 1958-2009” includes footage of his memorial service held this Summer in Los Angeles.
• Puddle Of Mudd – Today they unleash their 4th studio album, “Volume 4: Songs In the Key of Love & Hate”.
• 30 Seconds To Mars – Today they release their 3rd studio album, “This Is War”. The title track is included in the new videogame “Dragon Age: Origins”.
• Timbaland – Today he releases the album “Shock Value II”, featuring collaborations with Chris Brown, Drake, The Fray, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Miley Cyrus, and Nickelback.
• Velvet Underground – Today Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule reunite for a rare public appearance together at the New York Public Library as journalist David Fricke leads a discussion of their history, music, and legacy. The legendary group was first active 1965-73.
TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince” ( Fantasy Adventure ): In his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Potter discovers even more about evil Lord Voldemort’s past, thanks to his mentor Dumbledore and a mysterious textbook marked ‘Property Of the Half-Blood Prince’. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. Also available in a ‘2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition’.
• “Julie & Julia” ( Bio-Drama ): Amy Adams plays a frustrated secretary who tries to spice up her life by chronicling her attempt to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Meryl Streep plays master chef Child in flashbacks to her life circa 1949. Streep says she learned lots of kitchen tips, such as dipping your fingers in salt and then rinsing them in cool water to rid them of the odor of garlic or onions.
• “Ponyo” ( Animated Family Adventure ): Disney animated adventure centered around a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human. The Japanese film’s English voice cast includes Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, and Liam Neeson.
• “Public Enemies” ( Crime Thriller ): Director Michael Mann retells the well-known story of the Feds trying to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. Stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup, and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard. Also comes in a ‘2-Disc Special Edition’.
• Also released today: “AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa”; “Coraline – Limited Edition Gift Set”; “The Cove” (documentary); “Harry Potter: Years 1-6”; “Legendary Gangsters: 5-Movie Collection”; “Lost: The Complete 5th Season” (TV); “Rescue Me: Season 5, Volume 2” (TV); and “SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 6, Volume 1” (TV).
THE DAYLIGHT DIET:
Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA say they’ve determined that when we eat might be just as vital to our health as what we eat. Studies of mice reveal the daily waxing and waning of genes in the liver is mostly controlled by food intake and not by the body’s circadian clock, as previously believed. Lead researcher Satchidananda Panda was so impressed by the discovery he’s stopped eating between 8 pm and 8 am. He says he feels great and has actually lost weight even though he eats whatever he wants during the day.
INTERNATIONAL COLD & FLU REMEDIES:
A sampling of treatments you may never have tried …
• China – For fever and chills Chinese doctors often use formulas containing cinnamon twig, ginger root, asarum (similar to ginger), kudzu root, and licorice.
• Colombia – Clear a stuffy nose by taking regular whiffs of a sachet containing a pungent mix of crushed garlic, broken bay leaves, and coarsely ground nutmeg.
• Japan – Grate lots of ginger, add lemon and honey and douse it with hot water, then drink it to clear up a stuffed nose.
• Scotland – Hot rum with peppermint is a seafarer’s cure for colds. Other Scottish cures include drinking nettle tea and going for a walk to get sea air.
• Serbia – Slowly melt 3 tablespoons of sugar until caramel-colored, then add a cup of milk; keep on low heat, stirring continuously until it becomes a smooth drink.
• South Africa – Grind fresh garlic and add it to soups to create a cold tonic. Try inhaling a mixture of turmeric and boiled water to clear up nasal congestion.
(And what home remedy did your Baba give you, my little snotty one?)
– Adapted from BestHealthMag.ca
According to a new Louisiana State University study, not everyone seems to benefit from strenuous exercise – even if they try really hard. An experiment involving over 700 volunteers who each took a strict 20-week endurance training program found some surprising results – the most ‘trainable’ improved their cardio-respiratory endurance by 40%, while the least trainable showed little or no improvement at all. (Thanks LSU! Another excuse to flake out on the couch.)
– “New Scientist”
LIFE BY THE NUMBERS:
A BS breakdown of who we are and what we do …
• 50% of us will not eat mushrooms, no matter what.
• 35% of us cannot skip rope.
• 33% of men do not wipe down equipment at the gym after using it.
• 22% of newlywed brides put on weight within a year of marriage, with an average weight gain of 21 lbs.
• 10% of families aren’t speaking to each other right now.
• 6% of us admit we have read a book while driving.
EAT THIS & LOOK YOUNGER:
Dr Nicholas Perricone claims that eating certain types of foods will actually make you look 10 years younger in just 30 days. Among his recommendations …
• Allium Family of Foods: Garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives, and shallots help the liver eliminate toxins & carcinogens.
• Barley: High in fiber, barley helps metabolize fats, cholesterol, and carbohydrates.
• Green Foods: These include wheat and barley grasses that you can purchase in powder, tablet, or juice form. They help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure.
• Buckwheat: It’s loaded with protein, high in amino acid, stabilizes blood sugar and reduces hypertension.
• Beans & Lentils: They’re loaded with antioxidants, folic acid, and potassium.
• Peppers: Bell peppers and chili peppers have twice the vitamin C as citrus fruit and burn fat.
• Nuts & Seeds: They’re packed with omega-3 fats, which are great for your heart.
• Sprouts: High in protein and vitamin C, sprouts are a tasty addition to many dishes.
• Yogurt & Kefir: Both of these cultured foods contain healthful bacteria that aid immune function. In addition, the calcium helps burn fat.
– “The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps”
BS CHRONOMETER 12.08.09
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1953  Kim Basinger, Athens GA, movie actress (Academy Award-“LA Confidential”, “Nine-and-a-Half Weeks”)/ex-Mrs Alec Baldwin (1993-2002)
1957  Phil Collen, Hackney UK, rock guitarist (Def Leppard-“Promises”, “Pour Some Suger on Me”)
1964  Teri Hatcher, Sunnyvale CA, TV actress (‘Susan Mayer’ on “Desperate Housewives” since 2004)
1976  Dominic Monaghan, Berlin, Germany, TV actor (‘Charlie Pace’ on “Lost” 2004-10)/movie actor (‘Merry’ in the “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)
1978  Ian Somerhalder. Covington LA, TV actor (‘Damon Salvatore’ on “The Vampire Diaries” 2009, ‘Boone Carlyle’ on “Lost” 2004-10)
1978  Vernon Wells, Shreveport LA, MLB player (Toronto Blue Jays)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bad Hair Day”. So if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
• “Bodhi Day”, the Buddhist holiday commemorating ‘Buddha’s Enlightenment’.
• “Brownie Day”, celebrating the chewy chocolate in a pan that you can’t quit eating.
• “Inane Answering Machine Message Day”. What’s yours say? Time to spice it up?
• “Take It In the Ear Day”, a day to learn how to accept criticism graciously.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1959  For the first time, a movie features ‘Aromarama’, in which smells are piped in through ceiling vents to accompany the on-screen action of “Behind the Great Wall” (critics were right when they said, “This movie really stinks!”).
• Movies that’d be fabulous in ‘Aromarama’ …
– “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
– “Julie & Julia”
– “Pineapple Express”
• Movies you wouldn’t want to experience in ‘Aromarama’ …
– “Kung Fu Panda”
– “Space Chimps”
– “Hotel for Dogs”
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1958  Novelty seasonal tune “The Chipmunk Song” by the Chipmunks is released
1980  John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman on the sidewalk outside NYC’s Dakota apartment building
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1915  Canadian MD John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” is 1st published, in “Punch” magazine
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1940  Record ‘Lopsided Professional Football Game’ as Chicago Bears slaughter NY Giants 73-0 in NFL championship game
1990  ‘World’s Largest Pizza’ measures 122 feet, 8 inches long and a total of 11,816 square feet (Norwood, South Africa)
COMING UP . . .
[Wed] Christmas Card Day
[Wed] Pastry Day
[Wed] International Anti-Corruption Day
[Thurs] Dewey Decimal System Day
[Thurs] Human Rights Day
[Thurs] Nobel Prize Day
[Fri] Salesperson Day
This Week Is … Handwashing Awareness Week
This Month Is … Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month
BS COMPLAINTS OF MODERN DAY VAMPIRES:
• Emo look makes it tough to tell the living from the undead.
• No bat is safe with Ozzy Ozbourne around.
• Exhausted from all those Calvin Klein photo shoots.
• No small task beating lawyers to a warm body.
• Baboon heart makes everything taste gamey.
• Sick and tired of being mistaken for Keith Richards.
• 3 Words: Daylight Saving Time.
BS PHONE STARTER:
When have you hurt yourself doing something really stupid?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
What’s the difference between a golf ball and a Cadillac Escalade? Tiger Woods can drive a golf ball 400 yards.
We use these expressions all the time, even though the 2 words are at loggerheads …
• Alone Together
• Butt Head
• Clearly Misunderstood
• Government Organization
• Military Intelligence
• Resident Alien
• Sanitary Landfill
• Small Crowd
• Recorded Live
• Working Vacation
(Open up the lines and let listeners add more!)
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: THIS runs on about 20 watts of power, about the same as the lightbulb in the fridge.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Your brain.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Humor is a rubber sword … it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.