Friday, June 15, 2007 Edition: #3554
Good Morning, Sheetheads!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TODAY another court hearing is scheduled in the messy custody battle between David Hasselhoff (“America’s Got Talent”) & ex-wife Pamela Bach (who’s learned from this seemingly endless war that it ain’t worth hasslin’ The Hoff) . . . TONIGHT the 34th “Daytime Emmy Awards” are handed out at out live at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre (CBS), highlighted by a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for TV pioneer Lee Phillip Bell who, alongside late husband William Bell, created the long-running daytime dramas “The Young & the Restless” and “The Bold & the Beautiful” (NET: http://www.emmyonline.org/) . . . Maybe CBC-TV can succeed where “On the Lot” (FOX) is failing – beginning SUNDAY it’s accepting digital film entries for “Exposure”, an interactive short-film competition that debuts JULY 29th (NET: http://www.cbc.ca/exposure/) . . . “Blues Brother”-turned-wine entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd invested $1 million in the Niagara Region wine company Diamond Estates in 2005, now his name appears on 2 new wines released THIS WEEK and on the new ‘Dan Aykroyd Winery’ that’s set to be built in Beamsville ON . . . Marvel Comics maestro Stan Lee is in talks with MTV to develop an animated series based on the troubles of Paris Hilton, similar to the “Stripperella” series he developed in 2003 about Pamela Anderson (we always thought Paris was cartoonish) . . . Donald Trump has revealed his new TV project – executive producer (and occasional guest) on “Lady or a Tramp” (FOX), an unscripted competition series that sends ‘rude & crude party girls’ to charm school for a stern lesson in proper etiquette . . . 35-year-old actress Jennifer Garner (“Alias” 2001-06) has just signed to be the face of Neutrogena’s new ‘Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse’ treatment – for $1 million (well hubby Ben Affleck, ain’t exactly raking in the dough these days) . . . Pamela Anderson is getting $3 million for her contribution to Las Vegas illusionist Hans Klok’s nightly “The Beauty of Magic” show at Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino THIS SUMMER, a grueling schedule that involves 12 minutes per show, 4 shows weekly . . . The first contestant kicked off the summer reality series “Pirate Master” (CBS) has revealed that an unseen ‘ghost crew’ is actually responsible for sailing the pirate vessel, NOT the show’s cast as it appears onscreen . . . The upcoming 5th season of “Dancing With the Stars” will reportedly include actress Jennie Garth (ex-“Beverly Hills 90210”) and actor Eddie Murphy’s ex-gf, new mom Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) . . . And actress Katie Holmes (“Batman Begins”) has apparently followed in the footsteps of her pal Victoria Beckham by chopping off her long locks for a short bob (presumably to go along with her short Tom).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Avril Lavigne – TONIGHT she performs “Girlfriend” on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel).
• Bon Jovi – Guitarist Richie Sambora has checked out of an unnamed program at the UCLA Medical Center after only a week. The nature of the problem has still not been disclosed.
• Brad Paisley – TODAY he’s on “Good Morning America“ (ABC).
• Def Leppard – TONIGHT the classic rockers do “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• Eminem – He’s allegedly drawn inspiration from his brief affair with Mariah Carey in 2001 to write a series of scathing tracks about her for his new album. Carey is said to be so upset she’s pleading for the material not to be released.
• Enrique Iglesias – TONIGHT he visits “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS).
• Joss Stone – THIS MORNING she’s a guest on “Live With Regis & Kelly (syndicated/CTV).
• Korn – Frontman Jonathan Davis has revealed that he’s writing an opera entitled “Oblivion” … about the end of the world. Sounds uplifting.
• Linkin Park – TOMORROW they’re the musical guests on “Saturday Night Live” (NBC), hosted by “SNL” alum Molly Shannon.
• Prince – His 7-week run of Friday night shows scheduled to commence TONIGHT at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel has apparently been postponed due to contractual issues.
• Satellite Party – TONIGHT they’re on “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC).
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “DOA: Dead or Alive” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): Based on the popular “Dead or Alive” video game series, this action flick focuses on a group of gorgeous, highly trained and – to distract their adversaries – scantily-clad female fighters. Stars Jaime Pressly (“My Name is Earl”); Australian actress/singer Holly Valance; and Toronto actress Sarah Carter (“Shark”). Shot in Thailand & China in 2005, it was already released LAST YEAR in Europe & Asia.
• “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” ( PG Sci-Fi Fantasy ): Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans & Michael Chiklis return in this sequel to the 2005 film as the Marvel Comics superheroes face a new threat in the form of the ‘Silver Surfer’, a strange being who travels through space on a cosmic surfboard. Then they learn there’s an even bigger menace waiting for them … the planet-devouring ‘Galactus’. Shot in Montréal, Vancouver, Burnaby & Port Coquitlam BC.
• “Fido” ( R-Rated Horror Spoof Comedy ): In this boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, 14-year-old K’Sun Ray stars as ‘Timmy’, whose best friend is a 6-foot-tall rotting zombie named ‘Fido’ (Scottish comedian Billy Connolly). But after ‘Fido’ eats the next-door neighbor, ‘Timmy’ has to battle to save his pal. Co-stars Vancouver actress Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix”). Shot entirely in Kelowna & Vernon BC. Debuted at the 2006 “Toronto Film Festival” and opened in some Canadian theaters in MARCH.
• “Nancy Drew” ( PG Crime Mystery ): Emma Roberts stars in this latest bigscreen adaptation of the teen detective books. While accompanying her father (Tate Donovan) on a trip to Los Angeles, she happens upon clues that could solve the mystery behind a movie star’s death. The hot soundtrack features tunes from Corinne Bailey Rae, The Donnas, J-Kwon, Liz Phair & Robert Palmer. Comparatively unknown 16-year-old actress Emma likely got the role in what looks to be a potential sequel series thanks in part to her famous aunt … Julia Roberts.
SUNDAY the 18th “MuchMusic Video Awards” are handed out in Toronto. A few highlights …
• Nickelback and Billy Talent lead nominations with 5 apiece. Finger Eleven, Belly, Feist, Alexisonfire, and k-os are among others up for multiple awards.
• Among those expected to attend: Avril Lavigne, Fergie, Finger Eleven, Hilary Duff, Joss Stone, Maroon 5, Nickelback, Sam Roberts, and Sum 41.
• Fans get to vote on the 4 ‘People’s Choice’ categories: ‘Favorite Canadian Artist’, ‘Favorite International Artist’, ‘Favorite Canadian Group’ & ‘Favorite International Group’.
A BS compendium of recent ‘discoveries’ …
• Scientists say … working out is bad for the environment. Why? If you exercise for 30 minutes, 5 times a week, you pant an extra 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs) of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. (Another excuse to stay on the couch!)
• Scientists say … people who chew gum perform better on memory tests than those who do not. At least that’s what researchers at Reading University in Britain have concluded. (However, scientists who chew gum have trouble coming up with random conclusions at the same time.)
• Scientists say … low-temperature cycles in washing machines don’t get rid of some of the most common causes of allergies. For instance, to eliminate dust mites, a temperature of 60 C (140 F) is recommended. (Onmygod, you’re just CRAWLING with cooties!)
• Scientists say … wasting time on-the-job is actually worthwhile. Productivity experts say the longer you work, the less efficient you are. So you’re better to work in concentrated bursts with pauses in between. (Those 10 coffee breaks you’ve been taking are actually a good thing!)
A new environmentally-friendly, hi-tech device that converts the movement of waves into electricity is being tested off the coast of Scotland’s Orkney Islands THIS MONTH. The ‘Archimedes Wave Swing’ is a cylinder-shaped buoy that is moored to the seabed. Unlike the giant windmills used on wind farms, which have attracted criticism due to their visual impact on the landscape, the buoys will go totally unnoticed since they are buried 6 meters (20 ft) below sea level.
A new study suggests that women treated well by their fathers in childhood go on to find similar-looking men attractive in their adult years. The Durham University study, to be published in the “Journal of Evolution & Human Behaviour”, uses facial measurements to assess the similarity of faces. Lead researcher Dr Lynda Boothroyd says her findings add to our understanding of how we become attracted to certain types of people.
– PA News
BS AMAZING FACTS:
• Our butts really are getting broader. Instead of the typical 18-inch seat, movie theaters and stadiums now install chairs that measure up to 22 inches across.
• Your smile is the body feature most people say they zero in on first, according to a recent survey. Coming in 2nd is your figure, followed by the way you wear your hair.
SHE SAID IT:
“I could give a crap about being a star; I’ve always just wanted to sing and write. I don’t mind sucking, as long as it is my decision.”
– Singer Kelly Clarkson explaining her 3rd album, “My December”, to “Elle” magazine.
BS CHRONOMETER 06.15.07
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948  Mike Holmgren, San Francisco CA, NFL coach (Seattle Seahawks since 1999, 1997 Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers)
1954  Jim Belushi, Chicago IL, TV actor (“According to Jim” since 2001)/movie actor (“K-9”)/brother of late actor-comedian John Belushi
1963  Helen Hunt, LA CA, movie actress (“Bobby”, Oscar-“As Good As It Gets”)/TV actress (4 Emmys-“Mad About You” 1995-99)
1964  Courteney Cox, Birmingham AL, TV actress (“Dirt” 2007, “Friends” 1994-2004)/movie actress (“Scream 1-3”)/Mrs David Arquette since 1999
1966  Michael Britt, Fort Worth TX, country singer (Lonestar-“Mr Mom”, I’m Already There”)
1969  Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson), LA CA, movie actor (“Are We There Yet?”, “Barbershop”)/rapper (“Why We Thugs”)
1970  Leah Remini, Brooklyn NY, TV actress (“King of Queens” 1998-2007)/movie actress (“Old School”)
1981  Billy Martin, Naptown MD, rock guitarist (Good Charlotte-“Girls & Boys”, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”)
Oldies singer Eddie Levert (O’Jays) is 65; Oldies singer James Smith (Stylistics) is 57;
CanCon oldies singer Gino Vanelli (“Black Cars”) is 55; “American Idol” finalist/Broadway actress Diana DeGarmo (“Hairspray”) is 20.
Oldies singer Barry Manilow (“I Write the Songs”) is 64; Movie actor Thomas Haden Church (“Spider-Man 3”) is 46; Movie actor Greg Kinnear (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is 44; Tennis player Venus Williams (currently ranked #31) is 27.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival”, the 4th annual in Avon OH, home to the manufacturer of Duck Brand Duct Tape. The weekend festivities are highlighted by SUNDAY’s ‘Duct Tape Fashion Show’. It’s a sticky situation.
• “Fly A Kite Day”, honoring Ben Franklin’s kite experiment in 1752.
• “Oklahoma Centennial Celebrations”. As part of the 1,000 festivities surrounding the state’s 100th birthday THIS YEAR, a brand new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that was buried under the lawn of the Tulsa County Courthouse 50 years ago will be unearthed TODAY.
• “Pride Week” begins in Toronto, Canada’s largest gay & lesbian pride event, which features more than 650 performances, a literary fair, artisans, the annual ‘Dyke March’ (JUNE 23rd) and the famous ‘Pride Parade’ (JUNE 24th). American folk-rock duo Indigo Girls headline an outdoor concert SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd.
• “Smile Power Day”, recognizing the 2nd-best thing you can do with your lips.
• “St Vitus Day”, honoring the patron saint of comedians, actors and dancers.
• “Work@Home Father’s Day”, held the FRIDAY before “Father’s Day” to honor fathers ‘who work from home as a means of providing balance between professional satisfaction and family interaction’. They’d be saluted Sunday like other dads except … they’ll likely be working.
• “Alcan Dragon Boat Festival”, the 19th annual in Vancouver that’s expected to attract some 90,000 spectators and over 180 dragon boat teams from around-the-world. The Vancouver version of the Asian tradition is said to be the largest in North America … and this year, it’s free!
• “Chicken Chariot Races” in Wynyard SK, the 31st annual at the town’s “Summer Carnival”. They’re said to be ‘world famous‘ (meaning people have heard about them all the way to Manitoba).
• “Morticians Day”. Don’t stiff out on saluting them … people are dying to throw them a party!
• “National Hollerin’ Contest”, the 39th annual screams into Spivey’s Corner NC, the ‘Hollerin’ Capital of the Universe’. Hollerin’ was the original form of communication in them thar’ hills.
• “Seven Days of Soul” begin in Memphis TN, part of the city’s year-long “50 Years of Soul” celebration that commemorates the golden anniversaries of Stax Records (Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, etc) & Royal Studios (Al Green, Ann Peebles, etc). Among the local attractions participating: Beale Street, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Sun Studios, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
• “Eat Your Vegetables Day”, an observance likely begun by somebody’s mommy somewhere. What’s the absolute worst-tasting veggie? Broccoli? Brussels sprouts? Cabbage? Parsnips?
• “Fathers Day”, first proclaimed by the mayor of Spokane WA 97 years ago (June 19, 1910) at the request of one Louise Smart Dodd. It’s now celebrated in about 20 countries, including Britain, Canada, and USA on the 3rd SUNDAY of JUNE. An estimated $1 billion is now spent each year on “Fathers Day” gifts. A few facts about fathers …
– 44% of fathers would take a pay cut to spend more time with their children. However, only 16% would do so if the cut was more than 5%.
– 33% of fathers say a ‘greeting card’ is their top choice of a present they hope to receive today, followed by a ‘meal at a restaurant’ (24%).
– The average amount spent on “Fathers Day” gifts is $88.80. The average amount spent on “Mothers Day” gifts is $122.16.
• “International Violin Day”, celebrating composer Igor Stravinsky’s birth anniversary in 1882. A good day to pluck your G-string.
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1847  US-Canada border is officially established (first illegal handguns are smuggled north; first illegal immigrants are smuggled south)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1994  Disney’s “The Lion King” opens in movie theaters (goes on to earn $784 million worldwide)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1956  15-year-old John Lennon meets 13-year-old Paul McCartney (Beatles ensue)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1976  Only indoor MLB baseball game to be officially ‘rained out’ as 10-inch rainfall in Houston TX leaves Astrodome parking lot completely under water
COMING UP . . .
[Mon] International Panic Day
[Mon] Splurge Day
[Tues] World Sauntering Day
[Wed] World Refugee Day
[Thurs] Summer begins (2:06 pm EDT)
[Thurs] Canadian Aboriginal Day
[Thurs] Baby Boomers Recognition Day
[Thurs] Vegan World Day
This Week Is … Automotive Service Professionals Week
This Month Is … International Men’s Month
BS TOP SWAPS:
The week’s most requested music files online …
5. Ne-Yo – “Because of You”
4. Shop Boyz – “Party Like a Rock Star”
3. DJ Unk – “2 Step”
2. Huey – “Pop Lock & Drop”
1. Rihanna – “Umbrella”
– BigChampagne online music measurement
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Today’s Question: It takes a man 9 minutes of THIS to realize he’s in trouble.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Silence.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
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