Thursday, June 14, 2007 Edition: #3553
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TODAY through Sunday is the 7th “Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival” in Manchester TN, featuring 100-plus musical acts & 20 comedians performing on 13 stages and in numerous cafés, including Dierks Bentley, Franz Ferdinand, The Police, Tool, White Stripes, and Wilco (NET: http://www.bonnaroo.com/) . . . The popular Internet phenomenon known as “Lonelygirl15” (YouTube/MySpace) is about to get a spinoff, a new series of London-based online videos about “Kate Modern” that will launch in JULY (the first series was a hit because people thought it was real; that won’t happen a second time) . . . Actress Jennifer Aniston’s new man is said to be British actor & model Paul Sculfor, who’s best known for his role as – Jennifer Aniston’s new man . . . In an odd feel-good promotion for the movie comedy “Evan Almighty” (opening JUNE 22nd), the environmentally-conscious are being encouraged to plant a virtual tree in the online ‘Almighty Forest’ for $5 and the Conservation Fund will in turn plant a real tree to help slow the effects of global warming (NET: http://www.getonboardnow.org/) . . . PETA is courting Paris Hilton to campaign for animal rights after she’s released from prison because it believes doing time will help her relate to – the cramped conditions in which chickens are kept . . . Meantime, Endeavor Talent Agency has just dumped Paris as a client (deciding to only represent people with some form of measurable ‘talent’) . . . Pseudo-actress Jessica Simpson says she’s in the best shape of her life after enduring a rigorous training regime with the US Marines in order to get fighting fit for her next movie, “Major Movie Star” (she already had a buff bod; she should have taken acting lessons instead) . . . And the original microphone used by 83-year-old, just-retired “Price is Right” TV game show host Bob Barker is being auctioned on eBay and the bidding has already approached the $20,000 mark (man, for 2 cans-and-a-string that price is sooo wrong!).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Jordin Sparks – TODAY the latest “American Idol” is a guest on “The View” (ABC) alongside runner-up Blake Lewis.
• Kelly Clarkson – Word has it she’s fired her manager, Jeff Kwatinetz of the management company The Firm, just 2 weeks before the release of her album “My December”. Maybe he’s to blame for her massive weight gain?
• LeAnn Rimes – She’s teamed up with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes to surprise partially paralyzed Palm Bay FL Iraq War vet Peter Reid with a new wheelchair-accessible van.
• Maroon 5 – TODAY they visit both “MuchOnDemand” (MuchMusic) and “MTV Live” (MTV Canada)
• Tim Armstrong – The 41-year-old Oakland CA singer/songwriter co-wrote songs with Pink for her album “Try This” and with Gwen Stefani for her album “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” “Into Action”, featuring Skye Sweetnam on guest vocals, is from his debut solo album “A Poet’s Life”.
• Toby Keith – The title for his new album, “Big Dog Daddy”, comes the nickname he once gave a Ford truck he owned.
• T-Pain – TONIGHT he performs “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• White Stripes – The new “Icky Thump” album is available in a new format – a limited-edition 512-megabyte USB flash drive in either ‘Jack’ or ‘Meg’ decor.
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Blindless” – Julianne Moore will star in this thriller about a woman who is the only one who can see after everyone else in a town is mysteriously struck with sudden blindness. Gael Garcia Bernal & Danny Glover will co-star when shooting begins in Brazil & Toronto this JULY.
• “Born” – Hollywood acting couple Jennifer Connelly & Paul Bettany are teaming up again on the bigscreen in this psychological thriller set in England. They wed in 2003 after meeting on the set of “A Beautiful Mind”. The new movie is due to hit screens in 2008.
• “Indiana Jones & the City of the Gods” – That’s said to be the 4th ‘Indy’ film’s working title. Although a wall of secrecy surrounds the production, it’s been revealed that the town of Deming NM is being transformed into WW2-era Morocco for initial filming due to begin later THIS MONTH. It’s thought production will then move on to tropical forest locales near Hilo, Hawaii.
• “South of the Border” – In this upcoming animated movie, Drew Barrymore will voice the role of a spoiled Chihuahua from Beverly Hills who gets lost while on vacation in Mexico. Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek & George Lopez will provide the voices of local pooches who help her find her way home. The family fare is due in theaters in 2009.
• “The Spirit” – Graphic novelist Frank Miller will write & direct a live adaptation of this classic Will Eisner comic book series about a man who fakes his own death so he can fight crime from the shadows of ‘Central City’. The project will be the first solo directing effort for Miller, who co-directed “Sin City” with Robert Rodriguez.
• “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” – In this upcoming comedy, Adam Sandler plays a Mossad agent who fakes his own death so he can reinvent himself in NYC as a hairstylist. Sandler co-wrote the script with “Knocked Up” writer/director Judd Apatow. What makes the film even more interesting is that singer Mariah Carey claims she’s also in the film. Does that rule out ”Glitter 2”?
HIGH-RISE ON THE RISE:
High-waisted jeans have become a hot commodity as retailers report the shape-enhancing new arrivals are walking out the door. With the new waistline rising close to 4 inches at the front, it’s a major step away from the old low-rise style. Designers say high-waisted jeans are far more flattering because they give the illusion of lengthening the leg and narrowing the waist. They also shape the backside and eliminate the dreaded ‘muffintop’ hanging over the belt line. (If you really wanna disguise your figure, try overalls.)
– “Daily Telegraph”
THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR:
56-year-old California surfer-turned-scientist Craig Venter is set to create the world’s first human-made species, a synthetic microbe that could lead to an endless supply of bio-fuel. Venter, who founded the Institute for Genomic Research in 1992, and then helped crack the human genome 7 years ago, has applied for a patent to make the bacterium ‘Mycoplasma Laboratorium’ from lab-made DNA. (Something tells us this guy’s going to get struck by lightning.)
– “Globe & Mail”
THE SUITE LIFE:
The latest hotel trend: over-the-top suites, such as the 9,000-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 2-story Sky Villa at The Palms in Las Vegas NV, which has an outdoor Jacuzzi with clear views of The Strip, a butler, poker table, private gym, and media room … all for just $25,000 a night. But the ultra-deluxe rooms don’t bring in a lot of revenue for hotels, since typical guests include celebrities … who often have their stay comped. (The cheap bastards.)
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:
A team of University of London scientists has attempted to measure the monetary value of the various components of a happy life. Here’s their ranking of the top contributors to happiness and their worth in relative income …
• Good Health ($600,000+)
• Living with a Partner ($165,000)
• Being Married ($108,000)
• Having Friendly Relationships with Neighbors ($80,000)
On the downside, having a spouse or partner die is estimated to cost $400,000-worth of happiness. The researchers say the study supports the truth of the old adage that money can’t buy happiness; social relationships are more important. (Hey, I’ll be your rent-a-friend!)
New evidence suggests that overall Sun exposure in childhood, not just sunburn, is a key factor in the development of skin cancer in later life. Dermatologists warn that sunscreen is imperfect. In fact, the FDA is reviewing rules for rating it because the current ‘SPF’ ratings you see on bottles measures only how well it blocks ultraviolet-B rays that cause sunburn, not deeper-penetrating ultraviolet-A rays that are linked to cancer and wrinkles. Some new sunscreens promise UVA protection as well, but there are as yet no testing requirements in place to rate them. Until that happens, experts advise we take precautions with Sun exposure, especially with our children. Among the recommendations …
• Check daily for the local ‘UV Index’ to learn when to stay indoors or in the shade. (A stat that radio stations should always include in weather reports.)
• Limit exposure to the Sun during the peak UV hours of 10 am-to-4 pm.
• Apply sunscreen a half-hour before going outside. It takes that long to start working.
• Make sure you use enough sunscreen. An adult needs the equivalent of a full shot-glass, and a young child a good tablespoon-full. Most people put on too thin a coat to get good protection. (A super-high SPF factor will help counter some of the thin-coat problem.)
• Products with the ingredient ‘Helioplex’ seem to provide longer-lasting UVA protection.
FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A snapshot of who we are and what we do …
• 85% of us do not trust our partners to wake us up in the morning.
• 59% of employees say they are more productive at work when they aren’t ‘getting any’.
• 50% of us say that if times got tough, cable TV would be the first luxury to go.
• 37% of women admit they purposely wear something scanty at the beach.
• 28% of women say their friends prefer they come without their partner when invited to a party.
• 15% of the world’s population truly has a healthy lifestyle.
THE BABY & THE BATH WATER:
Today’s infants are twice as likely to suffer from skin problems as their parents, and one of the reasons is … they’re being bathed too often! Child-care experts advise limiting full baby baths to 2-to-3 times a week. Bathing babes too often can cause skin problems such as eczema and rashes, as well as weaken the immune system, resulting in a higher risk of allergies. A new “Mother & Baby” magazine poll finds that 60% of babies are bathed every day, and 20% every other day. In addition, 60% of moms use antiseptic wipes on their tots’ faces and hands, some more than 5 times-a-day. Experts warn that a baby’s skin is 5 times thinner than an adult’s and requires very gentle treatment. (Just a reminder [co-host], twice a week bathing only applies to babies.)
BS AMAZING FACT:
The most popular name for a baby boy in the UK is ‘Jack’. The 2nd-most popular is ‘Mohammed’, in part because the 14 different spellings count toward the same total. (Just like Bob and uh … Bob.)
– “Magazine Monitor”
AND WE QUOTE:
“Say goodbye, mama, because this is the last time you’ll ever speak to me.”
– According to “Life & Style” magazine, that’s what Britney Spears said to her mother Lynne when she dropped Britney off at rehab in FEBRUARY. Their relationship has reportedly been frosty ever since.
BS CHRONOMETER 06.14.07
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1946  Donald Trump, NYC, TV reality show host (“The Apprentice” 2004-07)/real estate billionaire (Trump Tower/Plaza/Castle)/author (“The Art of the Deal”)/ex-Mr Marla, ex-Mr Ivana
1961  Boy George (George O’Dowd), Eltham UK, oldies singer (Culture Club-“Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “Karma Chameleon”)
1969  Steffi Graf, Mannheim, Germany, retired tennis player who won 21 Grand Slam singles titles and earned over $20 million/Mrs Andre Agassi since 2001 (2 children)
TODAY’S BS REASON TO PARTY . . .
• “American Flag Day”, commemorating John Adams’ 1777 recommendation to Congress that the ‘Stars & Stripes’ be adopted as America’s flag. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is the only state to celebrate JUNE 14th as a legal holiday. Know how to properly display a flag? Take a lesson here …
• “Family History Day”, a day to ‘share the folklore, legends and myths of your own particular family tree’. There’s a lot of sap in [co-host’s].
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1942  Disney classic “Bambi” opens in movie theaters (thousands of kids cry when the mommy dies)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1923  “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” by Fiddlin’ John Carson becomes the first-ever ‘Country Music Recording’
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1841  1st ‘Canadian Parliament’ convenes in Kingston ON (they vote themselves a 40% raise then adjourn for summer recess)
1993  Kim Campbell becomes the 1st Canadian Prime Minister to pose as a ‘Sunshine Girl’ on page 3 of the “Toronto Sun” (fully attired)
1994  New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup for 1st time in 54 years by defeating Vancouver Canucks
1775  Continental Congress organizes what becomes the ‘US Army’
1951  1st ‘Commercial Computer’, UNIVAC 1, is unveiled by US Census Bureau (at 8-ft-high, 7.5-ft-wide and 14.5-ft-long, it dims lights all over Washington DC when in use)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Fri] 34th Daytime Emmy Awards
[Fri] Smile Power Day
[Sun] 18th MuchMusic Video Awards
[Sun] Fathers Day
[Sun] Eat Your Vegetables Day
[Sun] International Violin Day
[Mon] International Panic Day
[Mon] Splurge Day
This Week Is … Families in Business Week
This Month Is … Gay & Lesbian Pride Month
Just in time for “Fathers Day” it’s the …
BS ‘WHO’S YOUR DADDY?’ QUIZ:
• Jon Voight is the father of which Oscar-winning actress?
a. Angelina Jolie [CORRECT]
b. Melanie Griffith
c. Jodie Foster
• Who was NOT one of the surrogate fathers in the 1987 movie “Three Men & a Baby”?
a. Ted Danson
b. Billy Crystal [CORRECT]
c. Tom Selleck
• Who played the father in 1991’s “Father of the Bride”?
a. Steve Martin [CORRECT]
b. Harrison Ford
c. Jack Nicholson
• Actress-model Liv Tyler didn’t realize Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler was her father until she was almost a teen. Who did she think was her dad before then?
a. Alice Cooper
b. Mick Jagger
c. Todd Rundgren [CORRECT]
• Who played the adoptive father in the 1999 movie “Big Daddy”?
a. Adam Sandler [CORRECT]
b. Jim Carrey
c. Rob Schneider
BS PHONE STARTER:
Who is the one stand-up comedian that can actually make you laugh out loud?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Still waters run deep … so be careful I don’t drown you.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: The smell of THIS can really get your lady’s motor running.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Celery.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The world is divided into haves and have-nots … those who have a sense of humor and those who do not.