June 20, 2014

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Friday, June 20, 2014        Edition: #5245

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★ Singing & dancing vampires? Yep, the vamps of HBO’s “True Blood” may be coming to Broadway in a musical adaptation. Nathan Barr, the composer behind “True Blood’s” score, already has a couple of songs ready and plans to pitch the project for next year. There’s no word on whether Anna Paquin, her husband/co-star Stephen Moyer or any other “True Blood” stars would appear in the musical. The news comes just as the series kicks off its 7th season this Sunday. A naked Paquin appears on the cover of this week’s “Entertainment Weekly”, alongside her husband … in a coffin.
–  E! Online / Variety.com / ContactMusic.com
★ This story just keeps on getting creepier. Actress Sandra Bullock’s alleged stalker has now been charged with 19 felonies relating to weapons possession. Joshua Corbett was arrested after spending over 5 hours in the “Gravity” star’s home. He reportedly scaled barbed wire to enter the $16-million property at around 1 am on June 8th. Bullock made a call to 9-1-1 after finding him rifling through her belongings at 6:30 am. Corbett has been found to have an arsenal of weapons in his own house, including 7 machine guns. Despite his huge cache of weaponry, it’s believed he didn’t mean to harm Bullock … just wanted to see her.
– TMZ.com
★ 27-year-old Lindsay Lohan, who’s been in London, England for several weeks, has just revealed she’s prepping for a potential appearance in a West End production of  David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow”, a venture she says she’s both ‘nervous’ and ‘excited’ about. It would be the first time she’s ever done a stage play. It was revealed earlier this week that Lindsay is house-hunting in the city, as she wants to find a more permanent base after changing hotels every 3 weeks. “Speed-the-Plow” is a satirical take on the dreams and strategies of Hollywood executives. The London production will reportedly open this November.
– NYTimes.com
★ And once again, “Game of Thrones” has emerged as the most popular show that people don’t want to pay for. According to Torrent Freak it set a new piracy record with last Sunday’s season finalé, racking up about 1.5 million pirated downloads during the 12 hours immediately after the show aired, thereby breaking its own record. Add that number to the 9.3 million viewers who actually watched the show across 3 airings on HBO Sunday night, and it’s even more impressive.
– TheWrap.com

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Sunday the auditions continue.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning the 2014 Summer Concert Series features a performance by  Jennifer Lopez (“A.K.A.”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight 50 Cent (“Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win”); OneRepublic (“Native”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight K Flay (“What If It Is”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Little Daylight (” Hello Memory!”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight The Orwells (“Other Voices”). Rerun.
• “Rising Star” (ABC) – Sunday another singing competition show debuts, but with a twist: The audience, not the judges have the final say on whether a singer advances. Josh Groban hosts; while Brad Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris make up the ‘panel of experts’.
• “Today” (NBC) – This morning the annual Toyota Concert Series continues with Fall Out Boy (“Save Rock & Roll”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight actor Will Ferrell and look-alike Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers hold a ‘drum off’ as part of an online charity fundraiser. Rerun.

• Blake Shelton – Tonight his “10 Times Crazier Tour 2014” begins in Austin TX. It includes shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and LA’s Hollywood Bowl, where it wraps October 4th.
• Chevelle – Tonight in Toledo OH the alt-metal trio begins a 22-date Summer tour to promote their 7th album, “La Gargola”.
• Gord Bamford – The Canadian country music star is making a foray into the USA, playing Country Jam in Grand Junction CO on Saturday, and then the Pace Theater in Parker CO on Tuesday.
• Katy Perry – Sunday the 46-city North American leg of her “Prismatic” tour begins in Raleigh NC and runs through October 10th in Houston TX. Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, and Tegan & Sara are opening for Perry in different markets.
• Lady Gaga – She’s had a picture of a trumpet that was sketched by her pal Tony Bennett tattooed on her inner biceps. The 28-year-old pop star already had more than 10 tats, including flowers on her hip and a unicorn on her thigh.
• The Neighbourhood – The LA rock band recently celebrated Double-Platinum certification of their hit “Sweater Weather”. Saturday in Vancouver BC, they embark on a North American tour.
• Sarah McLachlan – She’s hitting the road this Summer to promote her 1st album in 4 years, “Shine On”. The “Shine On Tour” kicks off tonight in Seattle WA then moves on to Portland OR on Sunday.
• Theory Of a Deadman – Saturday they begin a Summer tour in Sioux City IA. Their new album, “Savages”, comes out July 29th.

• “Jersey Boys” ( R-Rated Musical Drama ): The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who come together to form the iconic 1960s pop act The Four Seasons. Stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza. Directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the hit stage musical of the same name.
NET: http://www.jerseyboysmovie.com/
• “Think Like a Man Too” ( PG-13 Comedy ): In this sequel to the breakout 2012 hit, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. However, plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. Stars Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, La La Anthony.
NET: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thinklikeamantoo/
• Opening in limited release: “The Last Sentence” (Bio-Drama); “Le Chef” (Comedy); “Norte, the End of History” (Drama); “A Summer’s Tale” (Romantic Comedy); “Third Person” (Romantic Drama); and “Venus in Fur” (Drama).

World Cup-themed condoms are selling fast across Brazil. Karex, the world’s largest condom producer, has a hit with its World Cup-themed condoms, available only in Brazil under the brand name ‘Prudence’. The rubbers are yellow & green, which are Brazil’s national colors, and are even flavored to taste like the country’s signature drink, the caipirinha. More than 2 million have been sold thus far, a big reason Karex’s sales in Brazil have jumped 25% this year. There isn’t a proven scientific connection between major athletic events and a spike in sexual activity, but many observers think the two go hand-in-hand. (He scores!!!!)
– “Wall Street Journal”

If you want to save your relationship, don’t sneak around on your spouse … sneak around with your spouse. It’s called a date. Remember those? Married couples need them more than anyone, but lying in bed watching Netflix and drinking wine is not going to do it according to relationship experts. More than 30% of single women tell “Glamour” they haven’t been on a ‘real’ date in more than a year, and 88% of women in relationships say they don’t have regular date nights. That’s why the magazine has declared next Saturday (June 28) “Glamour Date Night”, time to leave the house, go to dinner, maybe even take in a movie. Forget how to date? A few tips …
✓ Schedule it. Most experts recommend that couples shoot for once-a-week.
✓ Turn off the cellphone. The only person you want to talk to is right in front of you.
✓ Do not vent about mundane stuff. If you’re talking about the kids or the bills, it’s not a date.
✓ Spruce yourself up. Dressing up will give you the feeling you’re doing something special.
– “New York Daily News”

Galileo’s middle finger is on display in the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. (Is it saying something to the Catholic Church about his long imprisonment, perhaps?)
– “Q.I.”


1949 [65] Lionel Richie, Tuskegee AL, oldies singer (“All Night Long”, Commodores-“Easy”)

1952 [62] John Goodman, Afton MO, movie actor (“Monuments Men”, “Argo”)/TV actor (“Roseanne” 1988-97)

1967 [47] Nicole Kidman, Honolulu HI, movie actress (“Grace of Monaco”, “The Hours”)/Mrs Keith Urban since 2006/Mrs Tom Cruise 1990-2001

1967 [47] Dan Tyminski, Rutland VT, bluegrass singer-songwriter-instrumentalist (Alison Krauss & Union Station-“Paper Airplane”, “Lonely Runs Both Ways”/10 Grammy Awards

1968 [46] Robert Rodriguez, San Antonio TX, movie director-producer-screenwriter (“Machete” movies, “Sin City”)  UP NEXT: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, opening August 22nd.

1973 [41] Chino Moreno, Sacramento CA, alt-rock singer (Deftones-“Swerve City”, “Tempest”)

1980 [34] Chris Thompson, Denton TX, country drummer (Eli Young Band-“Dust”, “Drunk Last Night”)

1983 [31] Grace Potter, Waitsfield VT, pop-rock singer-songwriter (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals-“Never Go Back”, w/Kenny Chesney-“You & Tequila”)

1989 [25] Chris Mintz-Plasse, LA CA, movie actor (“Kick-Ass” films, “How to Train Your Dragon” films)

Classic rock drummer Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) is 64; Rock guitarist Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) is 63; Alt-rock guitarist Mike Einziger (Incubus) is 38; TV actor Chris Pratt (“Parks & Recreation”) is 35; Pop-rock singer Brandon Flowers (The Killers) is 33; Britain’s Prince William is 32; Pop singer Lana Del Rey (“Summertime Sadness”) is 28.

Movie actress Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) is 65; Oldies singer Cyndi Lauper (“True Colors”) is 61; Novelist Dan Brown (“Inferno”) is 50; TV host Carson Daly (“The Voice”) is 41.

• “Canadian North Midnight Classic”, the 64th annual all-night golf tournament in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, possible because there’s 24 hours of daylight at the Summer Solstice.
NET: http://www.yellowknifegolf.com
• “Take Your Dog to Work Day”, created by Pet Sitters International in 1999 to give dog owners the opportunity to invite their ‘best friend’ to participating workplaces.
NET: http://takeyourdog.com
• “Ugliest Dog Contest”, the 26th annual at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Top dog wins $1,000. Some of them can be downright hideous … missing a limb, an eye, or fur.
NET: http://www.sonoma-marinfair.org/worlds-ugliest-dog
• “World Productivity Day” … on “Take Your Dog to Work Day”? Are you kidding?
• “World Refugee Day”, first declared by the UN in 2001 as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees.
NET: http://www.unhcr.ca/wrd

• “Atheists Solidarity Day”, a day of awareness when atheists everywhere are encouraged to be open about their lack of belief in god and not fear harmful consequences.
NET: http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/atheistsolidarity
• “Baby Boomer Recognition Day”, a special day to commemorate the accomplishments of those born between 1946 and 1964. The oldest ‘boomers’ are now 68.
• “Go Skateboarding Day”, an unofficial annual holiday conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies to promote boarding.
• “International Surfing Day”, an environmentally-conscious observance that celebrates the sport of surfing, the surfing lifestyle, and the sustainability of ocean resources.
• “Midnight Sun Baseball Classic”, the 109th annual in Fairbanks, Alaska which begins at 10:30 pm without artificial lights, because these days Alaskans enjoy 22 hours of direct sunlight daily.
NET: http://bit.ly/9yMpar
• “Summer Solstice”, as Northern Hemisphere Summer officially kicks off at 6:51 am EDT. Daylight lasts from 12 hours, 8 minutes at the equator to the full 24 hours at the Arctic Circle.
• “World Handshake Day” … but only after you use your hand sanitizer, OK?
• “World Humanist Day”, a day for spreading awareness of Humanism as a means to affect change. Humanism is a philosophy that promotes human reason, ethics, and justice.

• “Onion Rings Day”, an annual salute to the taste treat that’s been a restaurant favorite for 100-plus years. But shouldn’t this be celebrated on Fry-day?
• “Stupid Guy Thing Day”. Women are always talking about it (“Oh that’s just another stupid guy thing …”), so here’s the day to commemorate it! Women everywhere are encouraged to make a list of ‘Stupid Guy Things’ and pass it on.

2006 [08] The BBC cancels its landmark weekly pop music show “Top Of the Pops” after a record 42 years on-air (and about 4,879 sexual assaults by long-time host Jimmy Savile)

2008 [06] Surrey University in England awards Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page an honorary Doctorate in Music

1986 [28] In Rochester NY, competitive eating champ Peter Dowdeswell sets a new record by downing 144 prunes in 32 seconds (sets another record the next morning)

[Mon] International Widows Day
[Mon] Pink Flamingo Day
[Tues] St-Jean-Baptiste Day (QC)
[Tues] Celebration Of the Senses
[Tues] International Fairy Day
This Week Is … Meet a Mate Week
This Month Is … Audio Book Appreciation Month


These extremely weird tragedies actually happened …
• Ingesting pills of mercury thinking they will grant you eternal life (210 BC).
• Breaking your neck as a result of tripping over your dangerously long beard (1567).
• Starving due to getting lost in your own house because you hoarded too much stuff and couldn’t find an exit (1947).
• Overdosing on carrot juice (1974).
• Falling into a paper shredder at a recycling plant (2003).
• Inventing the Segway and then driving it off a cliff (2010).
• Being stabbed in the leg by the knife you illegally taped to your rooster during a cockfight (2011).
• Eating too many cockroaches at a ‘Cockroach Eating Contest’ (2012).
– Adapted from SlipTalk.com

☎ What, in your opinion, is the cutest baby animal?

Oops! I wish my mouth had a backspace key.

Question: THIS is the worst thing First Class airline passengers have been spotted doing, according to a survey of flight attendants.
Answer: Clipping their toenails.

People don’t waste time. They just spend it on things they don’t need to.

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