Tuesday, January 8, 2008 Edition: #3684
More From the Sheethouse!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
21-year-old British actress Gemma Arterton has been cast as a new ‘Bond girl’ named ‘Fields’ opposite Daniel Craig in the now-shooting new ‘007′ film, which so-far has the working title “Bond 22” . . . An LA court has referred a lawsuit to mediation that was filed by comedy writer Buddy Sheffield, who claims he hasn’t been properly compensated by Disney Co for pitching the original idea for the its smash TV show “Hannah Montana” (it goes to trial if there’s no deal by AUGUST 26th) . . . George Clooney has reportedly been persuading fellow actors not to cross Writers’ Guild picket lines to attend this year’s “Academy Awards” (FEBRUARY 24th), and Keira Knightley is also said to be promoting the tactic as her mother is a playwright (it’s going to be a really boring awards season if no one shows up to accept hardware) . . . Jamaican cops admit a huge collection of original 1970s music recordings by reggae icons Bob Marley & Peter Tosh has disappeared from the archives of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, and has probably been stolen (soon available at a download site near you!) . . . A new music exhibition entitled “Popworld“ planned for London’s O2 Arena that will feature holograms of recording stars may evolve into a permanent UK version of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame . . . A museum dedicated to the life of Brad Pitt is in the planning stages in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri (shouldn’t they wait? – he’s only 44) . . . And the latest buzz couple in Hollywood is “Heroes” co-stars Hayden Panettiere (18) & Milo Ventimiglia (30), who’ve most recently been spotted smooching after buying tickets to “Atonement” at a cineplex (1 adult, 1 child).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Amy Winehouse – She spent part of the holiday season on the Caribbean island of Mustique as a guest of singer Bryan Adams.
• Bif Naked – She’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. The health crisis comes just 3 months after her high-profile wedding to “Vancouver Sun” sports columnist Ian Walker.
• Kid Rock – His arraignment in Dekalb County, Georgia on a misdemeanor battery charge has been postponed until FEBRUARY 4th and may get dismissed. Back in OCTOBER he was arrested after allegedly getting into a brawl at a Waffle House over a woman.
• The Kinks – The ‘60s rockers are hinting that a reunion tour might be in the works to coincide with the release of a career-spanning box set later THIS YEAR.
• Paul McCartney – Word has surfaced the 65-year-old quietly underwent a coronary angioplasty LAST YEAR, a procedure to open up arteries. He was reportedly diagnosed with a heart murmur in 2005 and has been receiving regular treatment ever since.
• Soulja Boy – The 17-year-old “Crank That” chart-topper is apparently set to become a dad via an anonymous 19-year-old Atlanta GA woman. She claims they’ve known each other awhile but he stopped returning calls when she became pregnant. She’s threatening to hire a lawyer.
• TI – The “What You Know” rapper is set to become a father for the 5th time. His longtime girlfriend Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle says she’s pregnant with a baby boy.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Ian Fleming Commemorative Stamps – Britain’s Royal Mail releases a set of stamps featuring the covers of Ian Fleming’s ‘James Bond’ novels to mark 100 years since the author’s birth in 1908. Among the novels included: “Casino Royale”, “Dr No”, “From Russia With Love”, and “Goldfinger”.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – TONIGHT’s musical guest is Bill Medley, formerly of the ‘60s duo the Righteous Bros.
• “One Tree Hill” (CW) – The hit drama returns for its 5th season with a special 2-hour premiere.
• “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS) – Queen Latifah hosts the 34th annual awards decided by fan vote which include the new musical category ‘Best Reunion Tour’. Among movies, “The Bourne Ultimatum” leads with 4 nominations. Country star Tim McGraw has 2 nods in singing categories as does Justin Timberlake. Rascal Flatts is up for ‘Favorite Group’, joining Daughtry and Maroon 5.
• “Ultimate Grammy Collection“ – 2 country compilations of Grammy winners are released, a contemporary collection and a classic country CD featuring songs by Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, and Tammy Wynette.
TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Death Sentence” ( Drama ): Kevin Bacon stars as a vengeful father who sets out on a mission to kill each and every thug involved in the brutal murder of his son during a botched convenience store hold-up. Based on a follow-up story to the vintage Charles Bronson film “Death Wish” (1974). Co-stars John Goodman & Kelly Preston.
• “Sunshine” ( Sci-Fi Thriller ): 50 years in the future, a team of 8 astronauts is sent into space for a last-ditch effort to save the dimming Sun, a task that their predecessors failed to complete. But as they get closer to their destination, their ship begins to fail … or is it just their minds playing tricks on them? Stars Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, and Chris Evans.
• “3:10 to Yuma” ( Western ): Director James Mangold’s follow-up to “Walk the Line” is a remake of a 1957 classic that starred Glenn Ford. Russell Crowe plays a captured outlaw being escorted by a rancher (Christian Bale) to the train that will take him to trial. But the outlaw’s henchman (Ben Foster) vows to kill everyone in his path in order to stop that from happening.
• Also released TODAY: “Cary Grant 4-Disc Collector’s Set”; “Gunsmoke: The 2nd Season, Volume 1“; “The Naked Brothers Band: Season 1“; “The Tudors: The Complete 1st Season”; and “The Waltons: The Complete 6th Season”.
2007’S TOP DRAWS:
Top money-making movie actors of the past year, according to the 76th annual Quickley Publishing poll of motion picture exhibitors …
5. Denzel Washington (“American Gangster”, “The Great Debaters”)
4. Matt Damon (“The Bourne Ultimatum”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”)
3. George Clooney (“Ocean’s Thirteen”, “Michael Clayton”)
2. Will Smith (“I Am Legend”)
1. Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, “Sweeney Todd”)
WHY WE LIE:
Men lie more than women and for sneakier reasons. Research has found that men lie to avoid unpleasant confrontations (“I’m working late at the office”), whereas women are more likely to fib to avoid hurting someone’s feelings (“Sorry we can’t make dinner due to a previous engagement.”)
HOLDING IT IN:
A woman who exhibits anger on-the-job is more likely to be seen as incompetent, according to a new study. Unemotional women are also found to earn an average $23,000 more annually than those perceived as being overtly ‘hot-headed’.
CRAZIEST POP STARS EVER:
According to one ranking, here are the wackiest recording artists of all-time …
10. Ozzy Osbourne
9. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Wu-Tang Clan)
8. Euronymous (human-brain-eating Norwegian death-metaler)
7. Syd Barrett (acid-fried Pink Floyd legend)
6. Britney Spears
5. Sly Stone (Sly & the Family Stone)
4. Whitney Houston
3. Axl Rose (Guns ‘N Roses)
2. Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)
1. Michael Jackson
Chili peppers can help keep you warm and stay healthy this winter. The antioxidants in chiles act as a natural decongestant and expectorant. They also prevent strokes, lower cholesterol and help release endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators. At this rate, someone will start a religion based on jalapeños!
HOW TO HEAR:
Talking on your cellphone in a noisy place is a real pain. You’ve probably tried putting a finger in your other ear but found that doesn’t work very well. Don’t give up! According to the soon-to-be-published book “Welcome to Your Brain” there is a way to hear better. Oddly, the trick is to cover the mouthpiece. You’ll hear just as much noise around you but you’ll also be able to hear your phone friend better. It works due to the brain’s ability to separate different signals. One name for this phenomenon is the ‘cocktail party effect’.
– “Globe & Mail”
MOST-LIKED FEMALE STARS:
The most appealing, confident, glamorous, and interesting women who regularly grace magazine covers, according to a new poll of more than 1,000 women …
5. Katie Holmes (liked by 32%)
4. Jennifer Lopez (52%)
3. Angelina Jolie (53%)
2. Jennifer Aniston (70%)
1. Reese Witherspoon (74%)
– “StarPulse News”
IT’S A WOMAN’S WORLD:
More than half of men believe that women dominate the world, according to a new poll. Asked what it means to be a 21st-century man, more than half respond that society tries to feminize them and that men must live by women’s rules. A further 33% say they feel ‘handcuffed’ by political correctness.
– “The Telegraph”
JANUARY is the busiest and most profitable month for online dating services. Why? Industry observers say it’s the time of year when people re-evaluate their lives. Many have made New Year’s resolutions to find someone new … or maybe just ‘someone’. Singles also go online in record numbers at this time of year in an attempt to find a soul mate or at least a date in time for “Valentine’s Day”.
– “Seattle Times”
BS AMAZING FACTS:
• Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints. (So much for the possibility of that “CSI” storyline.)
– Ask Men.com
• Naked men now out-number naked women by a large margin in contemporary works of art. (Boticelli would be shocked!)
– “Art News”
BS CHRONOMETER 01.08.08
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947  David Bowie (Jones), London UK, classic rock singer (“Fame”, “Space Oddity”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1996)/Hollywood Walk of Fame (1997)
1967  R (Robert) Kelly, Chicago IL, R&B singer (“Step in the Name of Love”, “Ignition”)/kiddie diddler who was briefly married to late singer Aaliyah until the marriage was annulled because she was a 15-year-old minor
1973  Sean Paul (Henriques), Kingston, Jamaica, pop/dancehall/reggae singer (“Temperature”, “Get Busy”)
1979  Sarah Polley, Toronto ON, movie director (“Away From Her”)/movie actress (“The Sweet Hereafter”)/former TV star (“Road to Avonlea” 1990-94)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bubble Bath Day”, so don’t forget to feed the kids beans before their nightly bath.
• “Eat Something Raw Day”, designed to stimulate our interest in consuming fruits and vegetables. Raw steak, anyone?
• “Elvis Presley’s Birthday” (1935-77), the 73rd anniversary of ‘The King’ being hatched in Tupelo MS. Another excuse to roll out more Presley souvenirs, ensuring Lisa Marie never has to get legit work during her lifetime.
• “Women’s Day” (or “Midwife’s Day”) in Greece, when women spend the day in cafés while men do housework and look after children. Traditionally, men caught outside are stripped and doused with cold water!
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1993  NBC-TV offers David Letterman the “Tonight Show” after repeatedly assuring Jay Leno he has the job (Letterman turns it down)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1993  US Postal Service issues Elvis Presley commemorative stamp on what would have been his 58th birthday
1997  David Bowie celebrates his 50th birthday with a massive concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1926  1st ‘Pontiac’ car introduced
1926  Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa’ud, the new king of Hejaz, renames his country ‘Saudi Arabia’
1998  Ice Storm of ‘98 cuts power to more than a million homes in eastern Ontario and in Québec (with damage estimated at $650 million, it’s listed in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the ‘Most Damaging Ice Storm’)
2001  10-digit telephone dialing begins in Toronto, then later spreads to metropolitan areas across Canada
2004  Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II christens the largest & most expensive passenger ship ever built, the billion-dollar “Queen Mary 2“ (Southampton, England)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1944  1st NHL rookie to score 5 goals in a game (Howie Meeker-Toronto Maple Leafs)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Play God Day
[Thurs] Volunteer Firefighters Day
[Thurs] Peculiar People Day
[Thurs] “Celebrity Rehab With Dr Drew” debuts (VH1)
[Thurs] Muharram (Islamic New Year)
[Fri] Tattoo Pride Day
This Week Is … Bowling Week
This Month Is … Volunteer Blood Donor Month
MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
• Which public washrooms do transsexuals use?
• When a mime is arrested, does he have the right to remain silent?
• Does the remote control go beside the dinner knife or outside the soup spoon?
• Does Stephen King use ghostwriters?
• How does nighttime pore cleanser know when it’s nighttime?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
She’s been on more laps than a napkin.
BS PHONE STARTER:
How long will you leave things in the fridge and still eat them? What’s the expiry time on leftover pizza, for instance? Rice? Burritos? Turkey?
THURSDAY is “The Bull Sheet’s” annual “Egg Balancing Day”, the day eggs stand up for themselves. Simply take your average egg, place it on it’s fat end and presto – it stands! So bring an egg or two in and have listeners join in the eggs-periment. This stunt’s guaranteed to make your phones flash!
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: August is the month that you are LEAST likely to do this; January is the month that you’re MOST likely to.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Die.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Unless, of course, you’re a masochist.