January 19, 2016

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016        Edition: #5612

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★ Actor Matthew Rhys has now confirmed he’s expecting a baby with his “The Americans” co-star Keri Russell. The 39-year-old actress and her 41-year-old castmate have been dating for close to 2 years, but they prefer to keep their romance out of the spotlight. The pregnancy apparently won’t require any changes to the show’s storyline. This will be Rhys’ 1st child, but the new arrival will be a sibling for Keri’s other children River (8), and Willa (4) from her marriage to former husband Shane Deary.
– “Us Weekly”
★ Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has met with a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings to prepare for an upcoming role in a movie about the attack. The actor is playing Jeff Bauman, a man who lost both of his legs in the 2013 bombings in the upcoming movie “Stronger”. The movie is based on Bauman’s book. He was the subject of a photo that went viral after the attack, showing him being wheeled to an ambulance after the explosion. The Boston MA native later helped investigators identify the bombing suspects from his hospital bed.
– “Lowell Sun”
★ And it seems former hell-raising actor Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) still likes to walk on the wild side every now and again. While at Cheetahs strip club in West Hollywood CA recently, it’s said he suddenly ripped off his shirt and jumped on stage to perform with the strippers. He was apparently a big hit with the patrons, who threw money around the stage as he danced. Then he’s said to have treated everyone in the entire joint to a free lap dance … from the pros, thank goodness.
– TMZ.com

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Tonight the exclusive announcement of the lineup for the 15th anniversary Bonnaroo festival June 9-12 in Manchester TN. This year’s edition will showcase more than 150 musicians, bands, and comedians performing across 12 stages.
• “Daily Show” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Jess Glynne (“I Cry When I Laugh”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Dierks Bentley (“Black”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Weezer (“The White Album”, due for release April 1st).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Margo Price (“Midwest Farmer’s Daughter”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”).
• “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” (ABC) – A special outlining the history of comic book superhero ‘Captain America’ since his creation in 1941.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Hank Williams Jr (“It’s About Time”).

• Adam Lambert – He’s joined the cast of FOX-TV’s upcoming remake of the iconic “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. He’ll play ‘Eddie’, the character made famous by Meat Loaf in the 1975 film. Tim Curry, who of course played ‘Dr Frank-N-Furter’ in the film, has been announced as the narrator for the TV version.
• Celine Dion – The funeral for her husband, René Angélil, will be held at Montréal QC’s Notre Dame Basilica, where the couple married in 1994. A Chapel of Rest will be open to the public on Thursday, followed by a religious service on Friday. A public memorial in Las Vegas is also scheduled for February 3rd at the Caesars Palace Colosseum.
• Chris Stapleton – He has the only country album in the top 10 of today’s new ‘Billboard Hot 100’ with “Traveller”. Stapleton has been near the top every week since winning 3 CMA Awards in November.
• David Bowie – Many of his past recordings have hit the UK charts since his death, with “The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars” (album) and “Heroes” (single) leading the way. He’s also scored his 1st-ever #1 album on today’s new ‘Billboard 200’ with his final release “Blackstar”.
• Jason Mraz – He’s recovering from a nasty car accident in Oceanside CA. While he was leaving a Home Depot another driver allegedly sped through a red light and smashed into his car. The “I’m Yours” singer complained of neck pain after the incident but was not admitted to hospital. A female passenger in his car reportedly suffered a more serious neck injury.
• Kendrick Lamar – In a new interview with YouTube creators Destin Sandlin, Ingrid Nilsen, and Adande Thorne, Barrack Obama has been asked who he would back if Drake was to go up against Lamar in a rap battle. “You gotta go with Kendrick,” the prez says.
• Luke Bryan – He’s clearly on a roll when it comes to performing live. He’s announced he’ll play 5 stadium shows this year, as well as some 40 other shows.
• NWA – The surviving members are set to reunite at this year’s Coachella festival, according to former member Ice Cube. The rapper is listed as performing at the festival as a solo artist, but he tells “The Talk” he’s going to try and bring along the other members. The group split in 1995 and has not performed together as a unit since.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “The Diary Of a Teenage Girl” ( R-Rated Drama ): A girl growing up in the 1970s at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Stars Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig.
• “Everest” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): Based on a real-life 1996 attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, the film documents the awe-inspiring journey of 2 different expeditions challenged by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin.
• “The Intern” ( PG-13 Comedy ): Robert De Niro stars as 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so he seizes an opportunity to become a ‘senior intern’ at an online fashion site. Co-stars Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells.
• “Straight Outta Compton” ( Musical Biography – Unrated Director’s Cut ): The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton CA in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes hip hop culture with their music and tales about life in the ‘hood. Produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube. Stars O’Shea Jackson Jr (son of Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
• “Stonewall” ( R-Rated Drama ): Roland Emmerich’s film tells the story of the Stonewall riots in June 1969 after police raided the Stonewall Inn in NYC’s Greenwich Village. It became a galvanizing event for the gay rights movement. Stars Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”), and Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”).
• Also released today: “The Saint: Seasons 3 & 4” (Vintage TV); “Sisters: Season 3” (Vintage TV); and “Swamp People Season 6” (TV).

Tired of your phone dying at the most inopportune time? Or trying to crouch over to awkwardly use it while it’s plugged in at some public venue? Well, a smartphone case which is capable of charging your phone using a built-in hand crank has gone on sale. It’s said that just 5 minutes of cranking can provide about 20 minutes of talk time or an hour’s worth of other smartphone usage. There are other hand-crank phones available, but this is thought to be the first time a built-in hand crank has formed part of a phone case. (Now as well as drooping shoulders and a stiff neck from staring at your phone …. you’re gonna have a sore elbow.)
– @BBCClick.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. A few tips on Winter warmth …
✓ Blow dry your entire body.
✓ Keep an emergency stash of socks and gloves in your laptop bag.
✓ Put your underwear in the dryer or microwave before you get dressed.
✓ To warm the kitchen quickly, turn the oven on and leave the oven door open.
✓ Run your wrists under hot water to allow your whole body to warm up faster.
✓ Keep hands warm while walking with a microwaved potato in each pocket.
✓ Dine on any kind of spicy food. And pour on the hot sauce.
✓ Opt for a hot, luxurious bath over a quick shower.
✓ Let your leg hair grow out.
✓ Do something that makes you blush.
– Condensed from BuzzFeed Life

Up to half of all middle-aged and older men are affected by erectile dysfunction, and the answer may not necessarily be a little blue pill. Men who eat foods rich in flavonoids are less likely to suffer from the condition, and that risk is even lower if they also exercise regularly. Researchers at Harvard and the University of East Anglia have found that men who have a high intake of flavonoids have a 9-to-11% reduced incidence of E-D. That benefit proves greatest when men – particularly younger ones – consume foods with 3 specific types of flavonoids that are common to strawberries, blueberries, red wine, apples, pears, and citrus fruits. Coffee appears to help, too. (You gotta love any study that recommends red wine and/or coffee.)
– “The Independent”

Is this the end of good old soldering? Researchers at Northeastern University say they’ve created a metallic glue that gets the same job done at room temperature. If ‘MesoGlue’ lives up to expectations, it may change the way we make electronics. Soldering – heating metal into molten form and using it to make things stick together – has been around for thousands of years. But it’s painstaking and the heat involved is a hazard both to both people handling the stuff and the electronics themselves. The new high-tech glue makes use of what are called nanorods, infinitesimally small rods with metal cores. No word yet on when the product might hit the market. (Instead of burning yourself you turn your glued-together fingers into a meat mitt.)
– TechCrunch.com

When everyone agrees on something, you just might have a problem. That’s what a new study from the University of Adelaide in Australia suggests. Researchers used mathematical probability to test 3 separate scenarios. In each case, there was a tipping point at which too much agreement weakened confidence in the result. It may seem counter-intuitive and that it defies logic, but it also suggests that perhaps if everybody is in total agreement there’s been collusion or bias. In the case of witnesses identifying a suspect, the rate of misidentification is usually as high as 48%, so if 20 witnesses are all in agreement their result cannot be right because you should be expecting almost half to be wrong. (Does this mean requiring a unanimous jury is wrong?)
– “Lawyers Weekly”

In Italy, instead of “Having your cake and eating it too” the proverb translates as “Having your wife drunk but the barrel still full.”
– PopBitch.com


1946 [70] Dolly Parton, Sevierville TN, country singer-songwriter (“I Will Always Love You”)/movie actress (“9 to 5”)/amusement park owner (“Dollywood”)

1954 [62] Katey Sagal, Hollywood CA, TV actress (“Sons of Anarchy” 2008-14, “Married With Children” 1987-97)/movie actress (“Pitch Perfect 2”)

1972 [44] Drea de Matteo, Queens NY, TV actress (‘Det Tess Nazario’ on “Shades of Blue” 2016, “The Sopranos” 1999-2006)

1982 [34] Jodie Sweetin, LA CA, TV actress (‘Stephanie Tanner’ on “Full House” and “Fuller House” debuting February 26th on Netflix)

1992 [24] Mac Miller, Pittsburgh PA, rapper/producer (w/Ariana Grande-“The Way”, w/Cobra Starship-“Middle Finger”)

• “Edgar Allan Poe Birth Anniversary”, celebrating the 1809 birth of the famed American writer of “The Raven”, who’s also credited as being the inventor of the mystery novel.

• “Neon Sign Day”, patented 101 years ago by George Claude of Paris, France in 1915. Imagine Las Vegas without his invention.

• “Popcorn Day”, a day to celebrate the healthy (until you load it with salt & butter) and addictive treat.

• “Tin Can Day”, marking the patent of a process for storing food in tin cans issued to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett.

• “World Day of Migrants & Refugees”, celebrated in January each year after being instituted in 1914 by Pope Pius X.

2012 [04] Hong Kong-based movie/TV file-sharing website Megaupload is shut down by the FBI

2011 [05] Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler makes his debut as a judge on “American Idol” in the 10th season premiere, replacing Simon Cowell

2006 [10] NASA launches the 1st ever Pluto space probe with the $700 million ‘New Horizons’ mission (reaches Pluto in 2015)

2015 [01] American skier Lindsey Vonn wins her 63rd World Cup, surpassing the 35-year-old previous record of 62 wins by Austrian skier Annemarie Moser-Proell

[Wed] “Kocktails With Khloé” series debut (FYI)
[Wed] Penguin Awareness Day
[Wed] Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day
[Thurs] Squirrel Appreciation Day
[Thurs] Women’s Healthy Weight Day
This Week Is … Hunt For Happiness Week
This Month Is … International Wealth Mentality Month


• ‘If You Don’t Own an Adult Onesie, You’re Not Doing Winter Right’ – “Chatelaine”
• ‘The 5 Makeup Products That Look Good on Everyone’ – “Glamour”
• ‘If You’re Not Dry Brushing, Gwyneth Paltrow Says You’re Doing It Wrong’ – “Redbook”
• ’10 Of the Most Toxic Items You Can Buy at Dollar Stores’ – “Woman’s Day”
• ‘Celebs We Want in Our Real-Life Girl Squad’ – DivineCaroline.com

• ‘You’re Going to Love This News About the Best Way to Wake Up (Hint: It’s Not Coffee)’ – AskMen.com
• ‘The New Way to Eat for Abs’ – “Men’s Fitness”
• ’15 Reasons She Has Sex with You’ – “Men’s Health”
• ‘Inside the Church of Latter Day Hipsters’ – “GQ”
• ‘8 Things You Should Never, Ever Sext Her’ – “Maxim”

☎ Which women should appear on our currency?

What’s the name of the white part at the base of your fingernails?
a. The ‘crescent’.
b. The ‘lunula’. [CORRECT]
c. Doesn’t have a name. It’s called the white part of your fingernails.
– Wikipedia.org

Just when you thought you were winning the rat race, along come faster rats.

Question: About 1-in-10 people do THIS in the morning, while the rest of us find it impossible.
Answer: Wake up without an alarm.

Old soldiers never die. Young ones do.

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