Friday, July 1, 2011 Edition: #4540
Nuthin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Lindsay Lohan has been released from house arrest after 35 days, just in time for her 25th birthday tomorrow and she’s reportedly planning to celebrate in the Hamptons on Long Island NY (what date do you want in the ‘Next Bust Pool’?) . . . Movie actor Robert Pattinson just got a pie in the face – for the now-shooting David Cronenberg movie “Cosmopolis” (we hope it took 59 takes!) . . . The new “Transformers” flick is predicted to make nearly $200 million in its first 6 days (must be the riveting storyline) . . . Britain’s Prince Harry reportedly has a new girlfriend and – despite media pressure – it’s not Pippa Middleton, it’s 25-year-old sometime actress and lingerie model Florence Brudenell-Bruce (picked for her name’s snob factor?) . . . After 2 years of negotiations, actor Mel Gibson and his longtime wife Robyn have finally reached a divorce settlement (no details revealed but he was once estimated to be worth $900 million) . . . Spurned girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis’ mother says her daughter is ‘very down in the dumps’ over her split from George Clooney (ya think?) . . . The “Teen Choice” nominations have been announced and, not surprisingly, “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” are leading the pack (the hardware’s handed out August 7th) . . . And unemployed actor Charlie Sheen has now admitted he was on steroids while shooting the 1989 baseball comedy “Major League” (geez man, how to ruin your reputation!).
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Today Chris Colfer (“Glee”); former “American Idol” Lee DeWyze (“Live It Up”).
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Tonight Sloan (“The Double Cross”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning Beyoncé (“4”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Tonight Breathe Carolina (“Hello Fascination”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Raphael Saadiq (“Stone Rollin’”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – Tonight Arctic Monkeys (“Suck It & See”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Helen Mirren; musical guest Foo Fighters (“Wasting Light”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Today Pitbull f/Ne-Yo, T-Pain (“Planet Pit”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Adam Levine (Maroon 5); Ziggy Marley (“Wild & Free”).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Christina Aguilera – According to an “Entertainment Weekly” blogger, apart from when her act performed on the finalé of “The Voice” (NBC), she spent the whole time looking bored and texting. She also reportedly refused to interact with the crowd, and was unapproachable.
• Foo Fighters – Saturday & Sunday the play 2 massive gigs at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK.
• Justin Moore – He tops the new “Billboard” magazine ‘Country Albums’ chart with his 2nd disc, “Outlaws Like Me”.
• Lil Wayne – In a new interview with “XXL”, 28-year-old Weezy says he’s already thinking about retirement in his early 30s, so he can bow out on top and spend time with his kids. His new album “Tha Carter IV” is due August 29th.
• Martina McBride – She sang the anthem prior to the season-opening “Daytona 500” auto race and will do the honors again at the “Coke Zero 400” (TNT) Saturday at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway.
• Radiohead – Tonight they perform their new album, “The King Of Limbs”, in its entirety on BBC-TV in the UK as part of the “Live From the Basement” series.
• Rihanna – She’s named J Cole as the main support act on her “Loud” tour since Cee-Lo Green has backed out, which she’s saying is due to his commitment to “The Voice”. (Um, the season just ended.)
• The Who – Sunday in Wolverhampton, England Roger Daltrey embarks on a 45-date world solo tour performing The Who’s classic rock opera “Tommy” in its entirety. The trek wraps November 2nd in Winnipeg.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Larry Crowne” ( PG-13 Dramedy ): Tom Hanks, who also directed, stars as the title character, a middle-aged man who goes back-to-school after losing his job. Julia Roberts plays the community college teacher he falls for. The last time they co-starred onscreen was in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007). Hanks hasn’t directed a film since 1996’s “That Thing You Do!”.
• “Monte Carlo” ( PG Adventure Comedy ): Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, and Katie Cassidy star as 3 young women vacationing in Paris who find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress. An adaptation of Jules Bass’ novel “Headhunters”.
Like Americans themselves, American cars are getting heavier each year. The average new car weighed 3,221 lbs (1,464 kg) in 1987 and 4,009 lbs (1,822 kg) in 2010. Even small-size sedans have packed on pounds, thanks to more powerful – if more efficient – engines, as well as more accessories and safety features. It’s a double-edged sword – the heavier the car, the safer it is for the driver; but the more dangerous it is for others on the road. (Ever been cycling with a Hummer in your mirror?)
NO DOGS ALLOWED:
San Francisco’s Animal Control Commission is recommending that the city ban the sale of all pets, even fish, largely to fight a glut of abandoned animals at shelters and rescue centers. The ban, if adopted, would include any pet … from dachshund to gerbil to reptiles. The only live animals that could be sold are those intended for eventual human consumption, such as live fish and poultry. (Soon you’ll need a ‘meat licence’ for your Rottweiler.)
– “Los Angeles Times”
BS SOCIAL STUDIES:
• A Japanese study published in the journal “Stroke” shows that anger is a major cause of strokes. Researchers say anger rates just behind high cholesterol and age as a risk factor. (Another reason to chill, man!)
• A British researcher says he’s discovered a way to make gray hair regain it’s color. According to Desmond Tobin, all hair retains it’s color pigments; it’s just that in gray hair the color pigments need to be turned back on. (OK, so where’s the switch at?)
• A study on the effects of boxing finds that between 10-and-50% of all boxers develop Punch Drunk Syndrome, causing them to have slurred speech, trouble walking and memory lapses. (The rest of the boxers are born with slurred speech and memory lapses?)
Chicago-based consultant Jeffrey Mayer claims that most office workers waste 80% of their workday. How so? By doing things that, though work-related, fail to bring results, and by letting email, phone calls, and conversations with co-workers eat into their time. (If this is true, shouldn’t you be able to have an 8-hour work-week if you work really hard?)
– “Time Management for Dummies”
• While tidying up, you come across your teenage daughter’s diary. Do you read it?
• An executive at a large company will give you a big contract but demands a cash kickback. Do you agree to pay?
• You’re asked to give a eulogy for an uncle who was a real SOB. Do you refuse?
DID YOU KNOW?
• July is the most popular month for high school reunions.
– “The Toilet Paper”
• If Britain’s Princess Diana were alive, she’d be turning 50 today.
• TV personality Carson Daly went to college in Palm Springs CA … on a golf scholarship.
BS CHRONOMETER 07.01.11
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  Deborah Harry, Miami FL, classic rock singer (Blondie-“Call Me”, “Heart of Glass”)
1952  Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa ON, movie actor (“Driving Miss Daisy”, “Blues Brothers”)/ex-TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1975-79)
1967  Pamela Anderson, Ladysmith BC, movie actress (“Borat”, “Scary Movie 3”)/former TV actress (“Baywatch” 1992-97, “Home Improvement” 1991-93)/appeared on 6 “Playboy” covers/ex-Mrs Rick Saloman (2007-08)/ex-Mrs Kid Rock (2006)/ex-Mrs Tommy Lee (1995-98)
1971  Missy Elliott (Melissa Elliott), Portsmouth VA, hip-hop artist (w/Ciara- “1, 2 Step”, “Work It”)/5-time Grammy Award winner
1976  Plies (Algernod Washington), Fort Myers FL, rapper (f/Ne-Yo-“Bust It Baby Pt 2”, f/T-Pain-“Shawty”)
1977  Liv Tyler (Rundgren), NYC, movie actress (“The Incredible Hulk”, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)/daughter of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler & former “Playboy” playmate Bebe Buell
Writer-director Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is 64; Rock keyboardist Roy Bittan (E Street Band) is 62; Pop/country singer Michelle Branch (“The Game of Love”) is 28; Actress Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”) is 26; Sorta actress Lindsay Lohan (“Mean Girls”) is 25.
Country singer Aaron Tippin (“Kiss This”) is 53; Movie star Tom Cruise (“Mission Impossible”) is 49; Voice actress Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”) is 47; Pop musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 42.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Canada Day”, the country’s national day which celebrates nationhood in 1867. It was first established as a holiday in 1879. Canada’s 144th birthday bash on Parliament Hill in Ottawa features Britain’s Prince William & Catherine, and performances by Great Big Sea and the Sam Roberts Band.
• “Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day”. Some of the most frightening flavors we’ve found are ‘Chicken Wing’, ‘Garlic’, ‘Lettuce & Potato’ and – mmm! – ‘Raw Horseflesh’.
• “Half-Year Day” or “Second Half Of the Year Day”, when 6 months are gone and 6 more are still to come. So how’s it going so far?
• “International Chicken Wing Day”, celebrating the tasty chicken tidbits that used to be tossed out. The idea of drenching fried wings in hot sauce is said to have hatched in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY when unexpected guests showed up. The “Great International Chicken Wing Society Cookoff” begins today in Reno, Nevada.
• “International Joke Day” celebrating humor from around-the-world. Nothing like a joke in Farsi! Have listeners call in with brief jokes in other languages. Don’t have them explain them, just laugh uproariously.
• “I Forgot Day”, set aside to make up for all the birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions that you forgot to acknowledge over the past year. (What’s the lamest excuse anyone ever laid on you?)
• “Roswell UFO Festival”, through Tuesday in Roswell NM, a celebration inspired by the infamous day in 1947 when a UFO purportedly crashed on a local ranch, launching an entire industry of UFO/military conspiracies. Thanks to that incident, today is observed as “World UFO Day”.
• “Tour de France”, the 98th annual staging of the world’s premiere cycle race through July 24th, covering a distance of 3,642 km or 2,263 mi throughout France. (Does the winner have to do a victory lap?)
• “World Wife Carrying Championships”, the 16th annual in Sonkajarvi, Finland in which men from around-the-world tote their wives (or a female friend) around an 830-ft (250-m) obstacle course in hope of winning her weight in beer. The current record is 55.5 seconds.
• “Compliment Your Mirror Day”. Participation consists of complimenting your mirror on having such a wonderful owner and keeping track of whether other mirrors you meet during the day smile at you. (This is much more fun if you have a prescription for medicinal marijuana.)
• “Dog Days of Summer” through August 11th, traditionally the hottest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The name comes from the ancients, who would sacrifice a brown dog at this time to appease Sirius, the Dog Star, believing that star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. “Air Conditioning Appreciation Days” run simultaneously to celebrate the contribution of AC to a better way of life (and a really high electricity bill). Today is also “Stay Out Of the Sun Day” (unless you’re working on a melanoma collection).
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1915  Australian actress Annette Kellerman appears in the first nude movie scene in the film “Daughter Of the Gods”
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2007  Britain’s Prince William & Prince Harry throw a massive concert in memory of their late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday (Wimbledon UK)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1941  Bulova Watch pays $9 for the 1st ‘Network TV Commercial’
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1983  Rev Ronald Gallagher finally stops preaching at the Baptist Temple in Appomattox VA, winding up the ‘World’s Longest Sermon’ … 120 hours!
COMING UP . . .
[Mon] US Independence Day
[Tues] Just For Laughs begins (Montréal)
[Tues] Bikini Day
[Wed] Polaris Music Prize shortlist announced
[Wed] Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
[Thurs] International Circus Arts Festival begins (Montréal)
This Week Is … Unassisted Homebirth Week
This Month Is … Cellphone Courtesy Month
BS THINGS AMERICANS DON’T KNOW ABOUT CANADA:
• We’re North of them.
• The fact that we’re always pink on world maps doesn’t actually mean anything.
• We’re bigger than they are.
• Our currency isn’t made by the same folks who make the money for “Monopoly”.
• We don’t wear toques in the summer.
• We actually have our own stores … it’s just sometimes we prefer theirs.
• It doesn’t snow here for the entire month of July … usually.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Good news: I got here on time. Bad news: The station won’t pay for my speeding ticket.
BS WEB GOODIE:
Match the grunt to the tennis player. What fun!
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
It wasn’t called “Canada Day” until 1982. What was it called before that?
a. ‘Commonwealth Day’
b. ‘Dominion Day’ [CORRECT]
c. ‘The Big Whoopee’
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Studies show that women under stress who do THIS show signs of immediate relief.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Grab their partner’s hand.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Never step on a slow cockroach. It only improves the breed.