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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Actor Gary Oldman’s 4th wife, English jazz singer Alexandra Edenborough, has filed for divorce. The 56-year-old “Dark Knight” actor has previously been wed to Lesley Manville, Uma Thurman, and Donya Fiorentino; and now Edenborough is asking for legal fees and spousal support while citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for a divorce. They’ve been married since December 2008. Intriguingly, she’s listed the date of their separation as ‘TBD’ (To Be Determined).
★ 36-year-old actor Topher Grace has gotten engaged. The “Interstellar” actor proposed to girlfriend Ashley Hinshaw after a year of dating and the 26-year-old “True Blood” actress apparently said ‘yes’. Hinshaw is said to have been taken by surprise when her beau popped the question, a friend blabbing: ”She was totally in shock and so happy.” While the low-key couple are both regular users of Instagram, they’ve never posted any pictures together on their accounts and are not often seen in public together.
– “Us Weekly”
★ And actor Jeff Goldblum (“Grand Budapest Hotel”) has announced he’s about to become a father for the first time … at age 62. His new wife, former Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston (32!?!), is apparently 3 months pregnant with a baby boy they’ve tentatively decided to name ‘Elliot Charlie’. The pair have only been married since November. Goldblum was previously wed twice; to Patricia Gaul and to actress Geena Davis.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Mariachi El Bronx (“Mariachi El Bronx”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Mark Ronson f/Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Childish Gambino (“Because the Internet”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Coves (“Soft Friday”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show” (CBS/Omni 1) – Linda Perry (“8 Songs About a Girl”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Shovels & Rope (“Swimmin’ Time”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Common (“Like Water for Chocolate”, out February 10th).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Joey Bada$$ (“B4DA$$”, out January 20th).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Beyoncé – Social networks have gone wild since she posted a beach-y pic on Instagram of herself buried in sand … with a large sand belly. Is #2 on the way?
• Bonnaroo – Today the annual Tennessee festival announces its lineup in a complicated manner. From 6-9 pm EST fans can call 1-844-ROO-2015 and 1 artist will be revealed. The caller is then encouraged to share that artist’s name online using the #bonnaroo hashtag.
• Joni Mitchell – The 71-year-old folk music icon is the star of a beautiful new ad campaign for Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Music Project’. Designer Hedi Slimane photographed Joni in her California home wearing a tunic from YSL’s ‘Folk’ collection and a cape that Slimane created.
• Katy Perry – She and John Mayer have reportedly rekindled their on/off relationship after nearly a year apart. The former couple split last February, but have been spotted together again at a California restaurant just a few days after attending a private dinner for a mutual friend.
• One Direction – Harry Styles is said to be ‘getting more serious’ with 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret model Nadine Leopold. They met in November through her agent, Jeff Azoff. A snitch says they ”aren’t exclusive yet” but they’re ”spending lots of time together”.
• Sam Smith – This week his debut album “In the Lonely Hour” has slid back up to #1 on the UK album chart for a 5th non-consecutive week.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Gone Girl” ( R-Rated Mystery Thriller ): With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man finds the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected he may not be innocent. Stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry. From director David Fincher (“The Social Network”). Adapted from the Gillian Flynn best-seller.
• “The Identical” ( PG Drama ): Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. Loosely based on the life of Elvis Presley and his brother, who died in childbirth. Stars Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green.
• “Jimi: All Is By My Side” ( R-Rated Music Bio ): Stars Andre Benjamin (Outkast’s Andre 3000) as legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. A drama covering the years 1966-67 when Hendrix went from a NYC backing musician to making his mark in London’s music scene to his Monterey Pop Festival triumph. Had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
• “Men, Women & Children” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. Director Jason Reitman. Stars Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort.
• “A Walk Among the Tombstones” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): Liam Neeson stars as a private investigator hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. This revenge drama co-stars former “Downton Abbey” actor Dan Stevens, David Harbour, and Astro (“The X Factor” 2011). Based on the Lawrence Block novel of the same name.
• Also released today: “The Bridge Season 2” (TV); “Dallas: The Complete 3rd & Final Season” (TV); “Episodes: The 3rd Season” (TV); “House of Lies: The 3rd Season” (TV); and “MythBusters 10th Anniversary Collection” (TV Compilation).
ARE YOU SUFFERING NETBRAIN?
Psychologists from University College London claim that technology is turning 1-in-10 of us into anti-social, distracted narcissists. Sufferers not only show increased levels of narcissism, but also poor attention span and fear of missing out (FOMO). A few facts about the malady that’s been dubbed ‘iDisorder’ or ‘NetBrain’ …
• It affects about 11% of tech users.
• Those who are classed as ‘passionate’ and ‘uninhibited’ are 3 times more likely to become addicted to technology than others.
• Netbrain sufferers are more likely to gamble online and regularly use social networks and apps.
• People who score high for NetBrain are about 4 times more likely to exhibit anti-social behavior.
• Those who own smartphones are 3 times more likely to score highly for NetBrain.
(What symptoms have you noticed? Unfocused attention? Thumb cramps?)
MORE QUIRKY WINTER SPORTS TO TRY THIS SEASON:
✓ Ice Yachting –Participants use techniques similar to those used in sailing, but runners on the bottom of the boats operate like ice skate blades to glide across the frozen surface.
✓ Kite Skiing – Goes all the way back to WW2 when paratroopers delivered supplies in the Alps. Skiers hold onto a large kite and use wind power to propel themselves.
✓ Snow Kayaking – Participants wax up their craft and fly down a steep hill, using the paddle to steer just as they would on a body of water.
✓ Snow Polo – The first official match was played in 1985 on a frozen lake in Switzerland. Now polar polo on ponies is played in frigid countries worldwide.
✓ Snow Scooting – A snow scooter is a slim snowboard with handlebars attached to the front, so riders can steer like they are guiding a bike.
– Adapted from MentalFloss.com
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, there may be relief in sight. Researchers from the National Taiwan University have developed a material that can form a barrier over areas of teeth that are painful when chewing hot or cold foods. The new paste treatment mimics tooth enamel to halt pain, and it lasts up to 70 days. Tests on dogs show that the new goo seals off exposed dentine that causes sensitive teeth. 1-in-5 adults suffer from sensitive teeth at some point in their lives. The problem is particularly high among those aged 40-to-50. It’s caused by the erosion of enamel that protects the soft dentine that lies beneath. (What’s your best home remedy for tooth pain? Some say chewing cloves works.)
BS AMAZING FACTS:
• Barack Obama calls David Cameron ‘bro’.
• Islamic State levies a 50% tax rate.
– “Financial Times”
BS CHRONOMETER 01.13.15
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1961  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, NYC, TV actress (‘Selina Meyer’ on “Veep” since 2011, “New Adventures of Old Christine” 2006-10, “Seinfeld” 1989-98)
1962  Trace Adkins, Springhill LA, country singer (“You’re Gonna Miss This”, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”)
1966  Patrick Dempsey, Lewiston ME, TV actor (‘Dr Derek Shepherd’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)/movie actor (“Transformers: Dark Of the Moon”)
1970  Shonda Rhimes, Chicago IL, TV show runner/executive producer (“How to Get Away With Murder” since 2014, “Scandal” since 2012, “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005, “Private Practice” 2007-13)
1977  Orlando Bloom, Canterbury UK, movie actor (“The Hobbit” movies, “Pirates Of the Caribbean” films)
1984  Nathaniel Motte, Lincoln NE, electro-pop musician (3OH!3- f/Ke$ha-“Blah Blah Blah”, “Don’t Trust Me”)
1990  Liam Hemsworth, Melbourne, Australia, movie actor (“The Hunger Games” films, “The Expendables 2”)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International Skeptics Day” … or so they claim.
• “Korean-American Day”, saluting the circa 1.6 million Americans of Korean descent, mostly from South Korea, with a small minority from North Korea (mostly film buffs).
• “Make Your Dream Come True Day”. Even if your dream seems impossible, you’ll never know if it can be accomplished unless you try … or so they claim.
• “Rubber Duckie Day”, celebrating the tub-toy that tots treasure. Observed annually on the ‘birth anniversary’ of “Sesame Street” character ‘Rubber Duckie’.
• “St Knut’s Day” (“Tjugondag Knut”), the last day of Christmas (!?!) in Finland and Sweden.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2013  “Argo” and “Les Misérables” are the big winners in the film categories at the 70th Golden Globe Awards; HBO’s “Girls” and Showtime’s “Homeland” dominate TV categories
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2003  British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend for possessing indecent computer images of children (he’s later let off after claiming he was ‘doing research’ for an upcoming book on his own experiences with abuse)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1957  Wham-O Company introduces the 1st ‘Frisbee’
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1985  Likely the ‘Oldest to Score a Golf Ace’, as 99-year-old German duffer Otto Bucher sinks a hole-in-one on a course in Spain
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] “Match” opens in movie theaters
[Wed] Caesarean Section Day
[Wed] International Kite Day
[Wed] Dress Up Your Pet Day
[Wed] Organize Your Home Day
[Thurs] Academy Awards nominations revealed
This Week Is … Soccer Coaches Week
This Month Is … Be On-Purpose Month
HILARIOUS INSURANCE CLAIMS:
Actual BS reasons provided to insurance companies by customers demanding compensation over the past year …
• “The rude pedestrian hit me and went under my car.”
• “I didn’t know the speed limit applied after midnight too.”
• “I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat I found I had a fractured skull.”
• “I was driving on the street when suddenly the curb jumped into my way.”
• “I accidentally drove in a wrong backyard and hit a tree. I was not paying attention because we don’t have trees in our backyard.”
• “There were plenty of lookers-on but no witnesses.”
• “I thought the skier was waving and shouting at me so intensely because he knew me, but then he just knocked me down.”
• “Windshield broke. Cause unknown. Probably voodoo.”
• “The robber had to be an expert on music because he took all my Metallica albums while all my wife´s stuff was left untouched, unfortunately.”
• “The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week.”
– Condensed from List25.com
BS ‘BEFORE FAME GAME’:
Where did these show biz stars work before they became famous?
• Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy”) worked as a …
a. Professional Juggler. [CORRECT]
b. Foot Model.
• Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”) put on shows as a …
c. Puppeteer. [CORRECT]
• Queen Latifah (“Queen Latifah Show”) earned money as a …
a. Server at a Dairy Queen.
b. Cashier at a Burger King. [CORRECT]
c. Voice of a Disney Princess.
• Kanye West (“Only One”) worked retail at …
b. Yves St Laurent.
c. The Gap. [CORRECT]
• Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”) was once a …
a. Hooters Girl. [CORRECT]
b. Truck Mechanic.
c. Kindergarten Teacher.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
He’s a philosophy major. That means he can think deep thoughts about being unemployed.
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What did your parents lie to you about? Think back to things they told you growing up that you didn’t realize were lies (or just wrong) until years later.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: While THIS is a popular food item here, Sweden consumes more per capita than any other country.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.