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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
“Avatar” director James Cameron has revealed a ‘sex scene’ that was cut from the cinema version of the 3-D sci-fi adventure will be restored in a ‘Special Edition’ DVD release (don’t get too excited – ‘Sully’ and love interest ‘Neytiri’ reportedly ‘lock hair’) . . . 48-year-old Broadway actor Matthew Broderick (“The Producers”) is set to play a celebrity author hired to revive a flagging small-town newspaper in the new NBC-TV comedy pilot “Beach Lane”, a role he only agreed to due to the ‘quality of the script’ (BS translation: I haven’t had regular work in years) . . . Producer Quincy Jones now has the daunting task of trying to mix down a 25th anniversary remake of the charity single “We Are the World”, which ended up attracting participation from over 75 disparate artists (ie: Lady Gaga and Barbara Streisand) . . . 39-year-old actor Matt Damon says he’s decided against appearing in a 4th ‘Bourne’ film as he expects it will be a prequel to the 2002 original, “The Bourne Identity” (like most veteran actors, he now ‘wants to direct’) . . . 30-year-old “Lost” star Evangeline Lilly tells “E Online” she plans to ‘drop off the radar’ when the show ends in May and may quit acting entirely in favor of doing charity work in Rwanda . . . Meantime, her 43-year-old “Lost” co-star, Matthew Fox. says he’s ‘thrilled’ the show is finally coming to an end as he’s ‘tired of playing the same character’ (what’s with these people – they hate success?) . . . And – gasp! – Tila Tequila has followed in the footsteps of Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown and deleted her Twitter account after much criticism of her bizarre online ramblings that have become increasingly incoherent (now she has nothing be famous for!).
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – ‘Best Of the Rest’ final auditions before the Hollywood round.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Metric (“Live It Out”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Harper Simon (“Harper Simon”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Nneka (“Concrete Jungle”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Fabolous (“Loso’s Way”).
• “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” (CBS) – Jim Nantz & Lara Spencer host a showcase of popular ads that aired during past Super Bowls. (The ones we never see in Canada.)
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Legendary soul singer Bill Withers (“Lean On Me”).
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Incubus (“Monuments & Melodies”) in a rerun show.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Brad Paisley – He’s sold out his first-ever stadium show, the 7th annual “New England Country Music Festival” at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA, scheduled for August 21st.
• Broken Social Scene – Their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2005’s self-titled album will be released May 4th.
• Foo Fighters – Dave Grohl tells “TIME” that having kids (3-year-old Violet, 9-month-old Harper) has changed his professional life. He now tours less and writes ‘more emotional songs’.
• Jack Johnson – He’s planning his first world tour in 2 years and a series of festival appearances in support of his yet-to-be-titled 6th studio album, due June 1st. It’s being recorded using only solar energy.
• Joan Jett – She says she’s delighted with Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of her in the movie biopic “The Runaways” (out March 19), saying Stewart’s ‘quiet intensity’ accurately defined her.
• Madonna – Her Brazilian boy-toy boyfriend, Jesus Luz, has reportedly called off their relationship. “Chicago Sun-Times” reports the 23-year-old underwear model apparently decided the age difference (she’s 51) and lack of mutual interests made a long-term relationship unlikely.
SMOKERS & SECOND-HAND SMOKE:
New research finds that smokers face an additional risk that previously hadn’t been considered – breathing in their own secondhand smoke. Italy’s National Cancer Research Institute has studied the contribution so-called ‘environmental tobacco smoke’ makes to carcinogen exposure in active smokers and found it has a significant impact. For someone who smokes 14 cigarettes a day, for instance, their own second-hand smoke results in exposure equivalent to smoking an extra 2.6 cigarettes. (Easy solution – only smoke while jogging.)
ALL-TIME WORST MOVIES:
A new ranking of the foulest films ever made …
3. “The Love Guru” (2008), Mike Myers’ lame comedy that bombed so badly it may have tanked his entire career.
2. “Battlefield Earth” (2000), John Travolta’s tedious homage to Scientology.
1. “Batman & Robin” (1997), thanks to the overblown script and cheesy acting by George Clooney et al.
– “Empire Magazine”
WADS OF FUN:
Miami-based Future Lifestyles LLC claims it’s chewing gum can enhance male ‘performance’. The manufacturer of ‘Sexlets Gum’ claims it works by increasing testosterone levels and boosting energy, thus revving up the male libido. The active ingredients include vitamin E, ginseng and yohimbe bark, which is commonly used for male enhancement. Priced at $12 per pack of 15, the firm hopes to sell more than a million pieces this year. It has not yet been tested by the US Food & Drug Administration. (Women will agree … there’s nothing hotter than a guy smacking gum in the sack.)
MOST TRUSTED CELEBS:
A new ranking based on trustworthiness, as well as public awareness and appeal …
3. Michael J Fox (Parkinson’s advocate, “Family Ties”)
2. Tom Hanks (“Angels & Demons”, “Philadelphia”)
1. James Earl Jones (voice of NBC Olympics, CNN, ‘Darth Vadar’ in “Star Wars” films)
Honorable mention: Morgan Freeman, director Ron Howard, Sally Field.
YOU COULDN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP:
• 30-year-old unemployed Australian Grant Burton has written European railway pass company Eurail offering to have its logo tattooed on his back in exchange for 2 free passes to give his parents for their 40th wedding anniversary. Surprise … the company has agreed!
• A Chinese woman, whose boyfriend dumped her when she refused to wear a wig to make her look like actress Jessica Alba, is set to have plastic surgery in an attempt to win him back. The 21-year-old will undergo procedures at a Shanghai cosmetic surgery hospital to lift her eyebrows, reshape her eyelids, and reconstruct her nose. The alterations will be permanent.
• A 23-year-old from Brussels ON is recovering from hypothermia after attempting to hide from cops by … burying himself up to his neck in snow. After police attempted to pull over his pickup truck, the driver ran it into a ditch and fled on foot. A stolen snowmobile and suspected drugs were found inside. The driver was tracked down using a canine unit … at least his head was.
• A newly trained hypnotist in London UK has accidentally put himself into a trance for 5 hours … while practicing in front of a mirror. The 27-year-old, who learned hypnosis to help his sword-swallowing act, was found by his wife staring off into thin air, looking ‘like a zombie’. She quickly called his hypnotherapy teacher, who was able to talk him out of the trance on the phone.
– Ananova News
PRETTY PEOPLE PREFERRED:
A dating website for ‘beautiful people’ has booted out 5,000 members for gaining weight over the holiday season. The social networking site, which boasts 550,000 members worldwide, allows its members to decide on who should be allowed to join. After complaints that posted photos showed many users had ‘let themselves go’, the company forced the newly chubby to reapply and only a few hundred were voted back in. Most of the expelled are from the US and Canada, while nearly 900 are from the UK.
New terms leaking into the lingo …
• ‘Cyberdisinhibition’ – A temporary loss of inhibition while online. A new study suggests the willingness to behave online in ways one wouldn’t in person has both emboldened users and led to ‘inappropriate behavior’. (Like the 300-lb trucker posing as a 15-year female highschooler.)
• ‘Cosmophobia’ – The strong and irrational fear that Earth will be destroyed by some cosmic event in the near future . As an example – there are 19 million 2012-related Google hits. (A fear fueled by movie studios so they can sell pictures like “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow”.)
The arrival of haggling in America is the biggest sea change of consumer behavior since the end of WW2, according to Harvard Business School’s Nancy Koehn. A recent study has found that 66% of US consumers have haggled at least once in the past 6 months, with an 88% success rate on everything from electronic gadgets to clothing to steak. Koehn suggests that, after the biggest financial setback since the Great Depression, consumers are simply refusing to go back to just ‘giving their money away’. (What have you successfully haggled over?)
– “Washington Post”
ULTIMATE HORROR VILLAINS:
A new ranking of the creepiest characters to ever haunt the silver screen …
3. ‘Michael Myers’ … “Halloween” movies.
2. ‘Pinhead’ …. “Hellraiser” series.
1. ‘Freddy Krueger’ … “A Nightmare On Elm Street” movies.
Honorable mentions: ‘Dracula’, the ‘Candyman’, and ‘Hannibal Lecter’.
– “SFX Magazine”
FOR THE RECORD:
France has created the ‘World’s Largest Condom’, a giant 120-ft-tall (37-m) condom-shaped balloon – big enough to carry a pilot & 3 passengers – which it’s sending on a 5-continent tour to mark “World AIDS Day” this December. The colossal condom is now awing visitors in Paris; next stop is Vienna. (Frenchmen must be glowing with pride.)
DID YOU KNOW?
Hair products (like shampoo and conditioner) are mostly useless. Hair that’s alive is beneath the surface of the skin. The hair that is visible on the human body is dead hair, so nothing you add to it can make it ‘healthier’; it can merely add shine or color. To improve the health of living hair, you should drink lots of water and eat plenty of nutrient-rich foods.
BS CHRONOMETER 02.03.10
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1956  Nathan Lane, Jersey City NJ, Broadway actor (“The Producers”, “Guys & Dolls”)/movie actor (“Swing Vote”, “The Birdcage”)
1965  Maura Tierney, Boston MA, movie actress (“Baby Mama”, “Semi-Pro”)/TV actress (“ER” 2000-08)
1976  Isla [‘EYE-luh’] Fisher, Muscat, Oman, movie actress (“Confessions Of a Shopaholic”, “Wedding Crashers”)/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s baby mama-fiancée
1982  Jessica Harp, Kansas City MO, country singer (“A Woman Needs”, The Wreckers-“Leave the Pieces”)
1990  Sean Kingston (Kisean Anderson), Miami FL, reggae/pop singer/rapper (“Fire Burning”, “Beautiful Girls”)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Girls & Women in Sports Day”, the 24th celebration of women who ‘Stay Strong, Play On’.
• “Risshun”, the “Setsubun” (season starting) festival before Spring in Japan, when the male head of the household throws roasted soybeans either out the door or at a member of the family wearing a mask, while others chant ‘Demons out! Luck in!’. (We aren’t making this up.)
• “Thank a Letter Carrier Day”. (Yeah, thanks for the bills, dude.)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2000  WWE mastermind Vince McMahon unveils his latest creation – a new pro football league called the ‘XFL’, which opens a year later on this date and then folds after a single season (it’s one lasting contribution to pro football … the remote-controlled overhead camera)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1979  “YMCA” by the Village People peaks at #2 on the pop singles chart
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1984  World’s 1st baby conceived by ‘Embryo Transplant’, in Long Beach CA (“Here, let me carry that for you …”)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1947  North America’s ‘Coldest Recorded Temperature’, -63 C (-81.4 F) at Snag, Yukon Territory
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] Black Eyed Peas “The END World Tour 2010” North American leg begins (Atlanta)
[Thurs] World Cancer Day
[Fri-Sat] Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend
[Fri] “Dear John”; “From Paris With Love” open in movie theaters
[Sat] Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
[Sun] Super Bowl XLIV (Miami)
This Week Is … Patient Recognition Week
This Month Is … Celebration of Chocolate Month
WHY MEN ARE HAPPIER:
• They can never get pregnant.
• Auto mechanics tell them the truth.
• They never have to drive to another gas station restroom because ‘this one is just too icky’.
• People never stare at their chests when talking to them.
• A 7-day vacation requires only 1 suitcase.
• They never have ‘strap problems’ in public.
• Their bellies usually hide their big hips.
• They have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the wackiest wi-fi network name you’ve come across? (“NY Daily News” has found quirky names in NYC that range from ‘TurnDownYourMusic’ to ‘JohnWantsSarah’, ‘ImUnder-YourBed’, ‘ImCompletelyNaked’, and ‘StopSmokingWeed’.)
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Which widely read children’s author is credited with first coining the term ‘nerd’?
a. Dr Seuss. [CORRECT. In his book “If I Ran To the Zoo”.]
b. Hans Christian Andersen.
c. JK Rowling.
– “Trivia Quest Magazine”
BS RANDOM JOKE:
If reality wants to get in touch with me, it knows where I am.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: 8-out-of-10 times, THIS important decision is made by the female partner in a relationship.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: The brand of toilet paper.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.