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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Tonight the “Grand Ole Opry” returns to the Grand Ole Opry House (built in 1974) after a 3-month run at downtown Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (built in 1892), the Opry’s original home (why not stay there – far more atmosphere!) . . . Sunday Simon Cowell’s “Helping Haiti” single, a cover of REM’s “Everybody Hurts” featuring 21 recording artists, is being released for download worldwide (have we reached charity record overkill yet?) . . . MTV’s “Jersey Shore” will be back for a 2nd season, the network announcing that 12 new episodes will air this Summer . . . NBC-TV has already booked Snooki – along with her merry band of “Jersey Shore” fist-pumpers (minus Vinny) – for the 3rd episode of the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (version 2.0 begins March 1st) . . . “American Psycho”, the 2000 movie thriller that starred Christian Bale, is being developed as a Broadway musical that will feature popular music from the 1980s, the era in which the story is set (here come the big hair bands!) . . . Indie film actress Zooey Deschanel (“500 Days of Summer”) will revisit the swinging 1960s in an HBO pilot based on Pamela Des Barres’ memoir “I’m With the Band: Confessions Of a Groupie” . . . And 72-year-old actress Jane Fonda, who released a series of hit exercise videos throughout the 1980s, is set to make a return to fitness instruction by filming a workout DVD aimed at older women (cool idea, but um … lose the skimpy leotard okay?).
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Chelsea Lately” (E!) – Tonight Katharine McPhee (“Unbroken”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Barry Manilow (“The Greatest Love Songs of All Time”.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Lisa Hannigan (“Sea Sew”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Jill Scott (“The Light Of the Sun: Words & Sounds, Vol 4”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Robin Thicke (“Sex Therapy”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Ashton Kutcher hosts; musical guest Them Crooked Vultures.
• “Super Bowl XLIV” (CBS/CTV) – Sunday in Miami FL, marking the 10th time a Super Bowl is played in South Florida. Carrie Underwood sings the pre-game anthem; Queen Latifah sings “America the Beautiful”; halftime show features Brit geezer rockers The Who.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today Jamie Foxx (“Body”, out March 2nd).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Backstreet Boys – The announcement that they’ll follow Iron Maiden at the upcoming “Rock In India” festival (February 20-22) has sparked outrage among metal fans in Delhi & Bangalore.
• Justin Timberlake – Today he’s honored as ‘Man Of the Year’ by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding drama club. The tongue-in-cheek ceremony normally involves a roast and mock-parade for the honoree.
• Lady Antebellum – Their 2nd album, “Need You Now”, tops the new “Billboard Top 200” album chart after selling a stunning 480,000-plus units in its first week.
• Lil Wayne – Tonight he makes one final appearance before beginning a year behind bars. He’ll be part of the “SOS Save OurSelves – Help For Haiti” benefit in Miami (BET, MTV, VH1).
• Madonna – She’s invested $1.5 million in NY-based coconut water distributor Vita Coco after discovering the drink made from young, green coconuts last year during her “Sticky & Sweet” world tour. (That’s what they ought to call the stuff … ‘Sticky & Sweet’.)
• Rihanna – She’s reiterated that she‘s not dating anyone and is totally single even though she’s been spotted on a number of recent dates with 25-year-old LA Dodgers player Matt Kemp. She says she’s hoping to find true love by the time she’s 30 (9 years from now).
• U2 – 45-year-old Brit actor Andy Serkis (‘Gollum’ in “The Lord Of the Rings” trilogy) says he’d like to play Bono in a bio-film about the rocker’s life, but only if the right script comes along. (At 5′-8”, he’s too tall! We’d rather see Bono’s look-alike get the role … Robin Williams.)
• Wilco – Sunday they kick off a new round of 2010 tour dates in support of last year’s “Wilco (The Album)” in Missoula MT. The band will also play a free show in Vancouver February 13th as part of the Winter Olympics celebration.
TODAY MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Dear John” ( PG-13 War Drama ): Set in North Carolina a decade ago, Channing Tatum (“Step Up”) & Amanda Seyfried (“Big Love”) star in this romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he’s home on leave.
• “From Paris With Love” ( R-Rated Action Thriller ): A young employee in the office of the US Ambassador to France connects with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in Paris. Stars John Travolta & Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Shot entirely on location in Paris.
• “Frozen” ( R-Rated Thriller ): Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove to be even more perilous than staying put and risking freezing to death. Stars Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers. Shot in Utah.
THE DYNAMICS OF DUBBING:
When movies are dubbed into other languages, the foreign actors’ voices have to match the age, texture, and comedic sense of the original. For a big celebrity such as Johnny Depp or Jim Carrey, a single actor in each country dubs all the star’s films. Koichi Yamadera, for instance, is the official Jim Carrey of Japan. Studios also sometimes employ local celebrities, like when Disney hired the French singer Charles Aznavour to do the voice of Ed Asner’s protagonist in the movie “Up”. On rare occasions, the original actor will do the dubbing himself. Viggo Mortensen speaks Spanish, so he did a Spanish dub for “Hidalgo”. For the Castilian dub of “G-Force”, Penélope Cruz was unavailable, so her sister, Monica Cruz, got the job instead.
– Excerpted from Slate.com
FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical breakdown of life by the numbers …
• 90% of women wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
• 89% of men & women polled believe that mutual trust is ‘crucial’ to a good relationship, but only 69% trust their mates completely.
• 40% of us cannot bend over and touch our toes.
• 24% of men refuse to sleep on an airplane for fear of drooling.
• 23% of women say their best body part is their face.
According to occasional contributor Robyn Bentley (‘Feng Shui Diva’), if you clear your clutter your home will feel more positive and so will you. She offers a few tips to help you get started …
• Make A Date With Your Clutter – Set a day to start. Be reasonable with yourself about just how much you can accomplish. Give yourself a set amount of time to accomplish it.
• Start Small – A big room might be too overwhelming so start with something small, like a drawer. Take it easy and do one thing, finish it, and then do another small thing.
• Organize Your Stuff – Divide the big project of clearing clutter into smaller, more manageable clutter projects. Make a ‘to do’ list and check off each thing you finish.
• Reward yourself with something when you finish.
HOW TO THROW A SUPER BOWL PARTY:
• Decorate the house in the colors of the team you’re rooting for. If one of the teams playing is ‘your’ team, put on all your paraphernalia.
• Invest in a few foam ‘bad-call bricks’ to throw at the TV so your guests can express their feelings about the refs without doing damage to your house.
• If you’re going to have guests who are rooting for different teams, establish a line down the center of the room (masking tape works). Decorate each side in one team’s colors.
• Order a ‘Super Bowl Party In a Box’ that includes plates, napkins, cups and a football snack bowl.
• Pick up veggie, cheese, and cold cut plates and a 6-foot long sandwich or two from a deli and have all the food laid out on a table within sight of the TV. Don’t make your guests choose between eating and watching the game.
• Keep beer in a cooler close by so you don’t have to run to the fridge when it’s 3rd and inches. Restock the cooler at halftime.
• Have everyone write down who they think will win and what the final score will be before the game starts. Award a silly prize, like a big football pinata, to the person who comes closest.
DID YOU KNOW?
Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
BS CHRONOMETER 02.05.10
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1934  Don Cherry, Kingston ON, “Hockey Night in Canada” commentator (“Coach’s Corner” since 1980)/former NHL coach (‘Coach Of the Year’ with Boston Bruins 1975-76)
1948  Christopher Guest (Haden-Guest), NYC, movie director (“Best in Show”)/movie actor (“This is Spinal Tap”)/married to actress Jamie Lee Curtis since1984
1964  Duff McKagan, Seattle WA, rock bassist (Velvet Revolver-“Fall to Pieces”, “Slither”, ex-Guns N’ Roses-“November Rain”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”)
1969  Bobby Brown, Boston MA, reality TV show personality (“Gone Country”, “Being Bobby Brown”)/married to Whitney Houston 1992-2006/has-been R&B singer (“Every Little Step”)
1971  Sara Evans, Boonville MO, country singer (“A Real Fine Place to Start”, “Suds In the Bucket”)/short-time “Dancing with the Stars 3” competitor (ABC)
1985  Cristiano Ronaldo (dos Santos Aveiro), Funchal, Portugal, arguably the world’s top soccer player (Real Madrid, Portugal National Team)/2008 World Player Of the Year
Rehabbing actor Rip Torn (“Men In Black”) is 79; Former NBC-TV news anchor/author Tom Brokaw (“The Greatest Generation”) is 70; Pop singer Natalie Cole (“Unforgettable”) is 60; Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns ‘N Roses) is 48; Cheesy oldies singer Rick Astley (“Together Forever”) is 44.
TV actor James Spader (“Boston Legal”) is 50; Country singer Garth Brooks (“More Than a Memory”) is 48; Rock musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi) is 48; Movie actor/comedian Chris Rock (“Madagascar”) is 45; Movie actor/producer Ashton Kutcher (“What Happens in Vegas”) is 32.
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bubble Gum Day”, an annual FUN-draising idea in which kids & teachers who donate to a charity get to chew bubble gum at school.
• “Constitution Day” in Mexico, honoring the country’s ‘Political Constitution of the United Mexican States’ approved on this date in 1917.
• “Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend”, a time to enjoy a solitary meal in a restaurant or at home. After all, sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of eating alone.
• “Wear Red Day”, the 7th annual observance for women created by the Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease, the #1 cause of death among women in North America.
• “Weatherman’s (Person’s, Forecaster’s) Day”, commemorating the 1744 birth of Boston MA physician Dr John Jeffries, one of the first to keep detailed records of weather conditions (from 1774-1816).
• “World Nutella Day”, the 4th annual celebration of the chocolate-y hazelnut spread that’s best eaten right out of the jar … by the handful.
• “Winterlude” through February 21st, the 32nd annual celebrating the season outdoors in the capital region of Ottawa-Gatineau. Highlights include ice sculptures, a playground made of snow, and best of all, the Rideau Canal … touted as the world’s longest skating rink.
• “Dump Your Significant Jerk Day”, a time to clean house before suffering through an awkward “Valentines Day”.
• “Reggae Day”, in celebration of the spirit of the music made popular worldwide by Bob Marley, who was born on this day in 1945 (died May 11, 1981). It’s celebrated as “Bob Marley Day” in Rastafarianism (Jamaica and Ethiopia).
• “Waitangi Day” in New Zealand (aka “New Zealand Day”), commemorating the signing of a treaty in 1840 by a group of Maori chiefs and the British Government. It’s a national holiday.
• “Ballet Day”, celebrating the concert dance form that keeps you on your toes. Don’t forget your tutu!
• “Man Day”, a day for men to stand together as a united front to take part in strictly ‘man things’.
• “Scout Sunday”, an annual recognition of the contributions of both young people and adults to the Boy Scout & Girl Scout movement that’s turning 103-years-old this year.
• “Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day” … instead of just the middle one. (And they’ll be wondering, “What the hell does that idiot want now?”)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1992  For the first time ever, an animated feature is nominated for a ‘Best Picture’ Oscar – Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast”
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1996  1st ‘Online Banking’ (Bank of America website)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1981  World’s ‘Largest Jell-O’ contains 9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavored mix (Brisbane, Australia)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Mon] Boy Scout Anniversary Day
[Mon] Laugh & Get Rich Day
[Tues] Read In the Bathtub Day
[Thurs] Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice Tour 2010” begins (Omaha)
[Thurs] Pro Sports Wives Day
[Fri Feb 12] XXI Olympic Winter Games open (Vancouver)
This Week Is … School Counselling Week
This month Is … Children’s Dental Health Month
FAVORITE SUPER BOWL SNACK:
A totally inaccurate poll from BBSpot.com …
Hot Wings … 6.3%
Something Crunchy … 7.1%
Subs/Heros/Grinders … 4.1%
Beer … 14.4%
Cheerleaders … 33.4%
Christmas Leftovers … 1.1%
Tears of the Losers … 3.2%
“I don’t watch baseball” … 30.4%
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Money is the root of all … wealth.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What strange ‘Old Wives Tale’ have you heard for determining the gender of an unborn child?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: The Netherlands and the USA both have national anthems which oddly do not mention THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: The country’s name. (The Dutch national anthem is “Het Wilhelmus”.)
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
May you live every day of your life.